Hondo boys first in Natalia XC meet


     Natalia -- The season got off to a great start for the Hondo cross country team, as the varsity boys’ squad claimed first place in the Natalia Mustang Invitational, Saturday morning, Aug. 29.

     All five of Hondo’s varsity runners placed among the top 12 finishers, paced by senior Angel Rodriguez, who won the event with a personal best time of 16:09.

     Finishing in spots 4, 5, and 6 were Anthony Sandoval, Aaron Ledesma and Christian Gaucin, with Zachary Rodriguez placing 12th. 

Devine and Natalia placed second and third in the team standings.

     In the varsity girls’ team standings, Hondo finished third, behind Pleasanton and Jourdanton. Alex Sandoval was Hondo’s top finisher, finishing in eighth place. Aubree Ferrin and Megan Buerger placed 21st and 22nd, with Camryn Cary in 24th. Karlie Aguilar and Madison Parra placed 31st and 32nd.

     The Hondo JV girls took first place in the team standings as well. Emilee Vaughn was fifth, with Jazzy Rodriguez, Rozlin Haynie and Regan Ytuarte placing 10th through 12th. Denise Moore was 14th and Madison Britsch placed 18th.

     Hondo didn’t have the necessary five runners to enter a full JV boys’ team, but Garrett Scott won the division. Everett Adams was fourth and Ethan Hernandez placed sixth.

    This Saturday, the Owls will go to Selma for a meet hosted by FEAST Homeschool. The race course is located at the River City Community Church Athletic Fields (the former Verizon Wireless Amphitheater), at 16755 Lookout Road, across from Retama Park. The boys’ 5K race begins at 8 a.m., with the girls’ two-mile race at 8:30.