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Cross Country Notebook: Rivera shares win with Raiders

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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012 10:28 pm

Christina Rivera of Rivera was overjoyed when she won the varsity girls race Saturday at the BISD Invitational at the BISD Encampment in Olmito.

She wanted to share her joy with her teammates and coaches.

“It feels good and it gives me a good outlook for district (Oct. 19),” Rivera said. “I just need to keep practicing (hard) for my girls (teammates), but it feels like it’s going to be a good season this year.

“I’d just like to thank my girls who are busy (with other activities) and stuff, and my coach (Arturo Hurtado) for being there all the time,” Rivera added. “He’s such a great person. Coach (Jennifer) Schuster helps us out, too, so it’s all just a big family effort.”

Hurtado said, just like many other schools, he shares his athletes in the fall with other sports and activities. Still, when the District 32-5A meet comes around, the Lady Raiders always seem to manage a strong showing.

“It’s like puzzle that you put together,” Hurtado said of his team. “Lets’ see what happens in two or three weeks (at district).”

HARLINGEN MEET: District 32-5A teams should get a chance to run on the course that they will use for the 32-5A meet Oct. 19 at this Saturday’s Harlingen Invitational at 8 a.m. at the Harlingen Soccer Complex.

Harlingen High boys coach Harvey Noyola said Monday that it’s pretty certain that Saturday’s meet will take place at the Harlingen Soccer Complex and the 32-5A meet as well, instead of having the meets at Harlingen Sports Complex on Wilson Road.

“There are only two meets in the Valley this week, and the other meet is on the other side of the Valley in Mission, so we’re expecting a lot of teams from the Lower Valley to be on hand (in Harlingen),” Noyola said.

Noyola said things are going well for his boys in their return to District 32-5A.

“We’re coming along,” the Cardinals coach said. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to get the team to regionals. Our goal now is to win district, too.”

Noyola said his top three runners are Isaac Romero, Orseo Rodriguez and Donald Almazan.

“They’ve been finishing in the top 10 (at meets) all season,” Noyola said. “We’re coming along.”

TOUGH 32-4A MEET AHEAD: Mercedes coach Pedro Martinez said the District 32-4A meet Oct. 27 at Friendship Park in Mission is going to be quite close, with no team entering the event as the favored team.

“It’s going to be real tough, both the boys and girls (competition for the team title),” Martinez said.

For the boys, Martinez sees a close battle between his team, PSJA Southwest and Mission High. For the girls, the Mercedes coach believes Edcouch-Elsa, Mercedes, Mission Veterans Memorial and Mission High will battle it out for the team title.

“We’ve got kind of a young team and we’re rebuilding,” Martinez said. “We’re coming around week by week.”

He said the top runners for the Tigers on the boys side are Victor Gonzalez and Frank “Turbo” Turrubiartes, while Terri Sova and Jennifer Torres are the top runners for the Lady Tigers.

Mercedes will compete at the Nike event this weekend at The Woodlands, which is something the Tigers did one year ago when they were state-ranked.

Roy Hess writes for The Brownsville Herald. You can reach him via e-mail at

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