Community R-VI’s two cross country runners started their season this past Saturday with a strong effort in the Mexico Invitational.
Blaze Escamilla, the lone Trojan runner, finished in 25th place out of 65 runners in a field representing 15 total teams.
Escamilla finished the 5K with a personal-best time of 20:15.24. He was less than a minute from a Top-15 finish in a race featuring several larger schools like Mexico and Bowling Green.
The lone Lady Trojan, Paige Risenhoover, finished near the back of the pack but set a personal-best time of 31:20.61.
Community R-VI head coach Caitlyn Cunningham said her two runners beat all of their practice times.
“My hope is they continue to improve on their times and hopefully place and medal in some meets,” she said.
While both runners may have struggled against this large school field, Cunningham is looking forward to an upcoming meet in Wellsville as her runners will be able to see where they stand against mostly Class 1 competition.
“I expect them to both do their best there,” she said.
“Hopefully walk away with a couple of high places and medals.”
The cross country program had just one runner last year and two this year as it competes with football and softball for competitors.
Cunningham does have one runner, Jacob Javier, who is starting his career as a 7th grader. He is expected to compete in some Junior High races this year.
Building a program at the younger age group could pay dividends for Cunningham’s program in the future.
Community R-VI will travel to Clopton at 4 p.m. September 5 for their next race.