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Cross Country Regional Meet

By Nadia Jackson

October 19, 2019

Centennial’s cross country season came to a close after the team competed at regionals in Delta on Friday.

The top 15 overall runners and top two teams at the meet qualified to compete at the state competition.

The team focused on individualized improvement and building closer bonds, rather than qualifying for state.

For senior Timothy Perez, who placed first at the city meet in Pueblo, qualifying for state and running his best high school race was his ultimate goal.

While none of the runners qualified for state, the fast course allowed for many personal records and season bests among the 15 varsity runners from Centennial who competed.

“There were a lot of good competitors and schools,” said Perez.

For the seniors on the team, this bitter-sweetly marked their last cross country meet.

“We really had a lot of fun singing on the bus rides back and we had a lot of laughs throughout the season. It felt really good to be apart of this team and know that we gave it our all at every meet,” remarked Perez.

The six hour bus ride to Delta offered the opportunity for the team to grow even closer before the athletes go their separate ways. Some runners plan on competing in other sports throughout the year such as track, but for others, this was their last time competing in a sport during their high school career.

Sean DeHeart (right) and Timmy Romero (left) keep in pace during the first half mile.

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