Lafayette’s standout trio of Esmeralda Rodriguez, Peyton Hamann and Rachel Starnes placed fifth, eighth and 12th at the Saltillo Invitational held this past Saturday. Rodriguez finished with a time of 16 minutes, 25 seconds, Hamann was 20 seconds behind, while Starnes finished with a 16:54.
Brooke Mardis was the only other girl to run for the varsity team and she finished with a personal-best time of 21:53. The course was 4,000 meters. Two junior high runners won awards for the Lady Commodores. Julianna Mikell finished 17th with a personal-best time of 15:13 on a 3,200 meter course. Abby Davis also ran a personal best of 15:50 to finish in 31st place. Lilly McElreath, who finished 71st, and Anja Diercks finished 103rd.
The varsity Commodores finished in seventh place. Ivan Lopez led the way with a 61st-place finish with a time of 19:37. Travis Lyles was 65th with a 19:57, Sam Faulkner was 81st with a 20:38, Jacob Roberts was 91st with a 21;16 and Gabe Champion was 95th with a 21:34. The course was 5,000 meters. The junior high Commodores finished 12th out of 17 teams. Jesus Escobedo led the way with a 59th-place finish (14:13). Nic Hollis was 67th with a 14:26. Tucker Anderson finished 8th with a 15:17, Andrew Cox was 96th with a 15:31, while Grayson Mays finished 141st with a 16:46.
“Our varsity girls are getting better all the time. We’re going to have to move up a couple of our junior high girls soon. We have a chance to bring home a trophy from the state meet if we can get some help up to the varsity,” LHS coach Ben Mikell said. “Our varsity boys are young. Our top three runners today were sophomores. We don’t have a senior. All of our top five guys improved today over what they did last week. Improvement is what we care about if they keep getting better, everything else will take care of itself.” (September 18, 2012, Page 7)