A new energy surges Mexia XC

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

To say the Mexia cross country team is not excited about this season would be a gross understatement.
Last Friday night, before the start of the Blackcats football season opener in Athens, girls’ cross-country runner Macie Martinez said she was excited to get back out on the course and more than ready to compete this year.
After a night of enduring humid conditions and nearly three hours of cheering on the Blackcats from the sidelines, Martinez was up early the next morning, traveling some 40 miles on the other side of where she was the night before to compete with the team in the Kaufman CC Meet.
The late night and early rise didn’t seem to bother her as she wound up placing fourth overall in the girl’s division.
Senior boy’s teammate Diego Rivera finished seventh in his division and set a new personal best time of 17.04 for the three-mile race.
Angel Escamilla placed 18th in the boy’s division.
Kevin Garcia finished in 13th place in the junior varsity boy’s division and Miguel Pena came in four places back at No. 17.
Overall, coach Britney Dietz said the meet was very competitive, especially in the varsity boy’s division.
“We are at faster times than this race last year,” said Dietz.
This weekend, the team will get a little preview of the regional meet as they’ll compete in the SHSU Regional Preview in Huntsville.
The following weekend, Mexia will catch a little break as the team travels just a short distance east to compete in the Teague CC Meet.