From the first day of summer training, the Sun Warriors collectively focus and point to what is referred at Solorio as the “racing season.” It is at this time that the team competes in the city and state championship series and thus wants to be at its best. This past Saturday, the racing season started out strong with a great collective showing at the City Championships. The racing got under way (for Solorio) with the freshmen boys race. Although all five boys were vitally important in obtaining a team score and matching last year’s team place of 7th, a special shout out goes to Guillermo Espinosa who in his first race of the season finished second for the freshmen boys. After the freshmen boys, it was the F/S boys who again stole the show. Fighting through injuries and sickness, the boys still put together a strong team performance and recorded the best place in Solorio history at City finishing 3rd. Equally impressive was the standout performance from freshman Adonaliz Hernandez who matched the 3rd place team place with his own 3rd place individual finish. As the meet moved to the Varsity boys, they fed off of the momentum from the F/S boys. Even though they only had two of the top seven from last year’s team in the line-up, and were missing the top three Varsity finishers from last year, they ran a tough team race and matched last year’s team place by finishing 8th overall. Finally, the Open boys showed off the team depth finishing in sixth place in a race where last year Solorio didn’t have enough athletes for a team score.
Equally impressive on this day were the girls. On both the F/S and Varsity levels the girls followed in the footsteps of last year’s team, recording the same overall team places. In the F/S race, the girls recorded a 6th place team finish. Leading the way was Ivette Camacho followed respectively by Aryam Jaimes, Marley Vargas, Sophia Martinez, and Aranelly Avalos. In the Varsity race, the Sun Warriors placed 8th out of twenty three complete teams. Leading the way was Kaylani Esteban, followed respectively by Mariah Torres, Deisy Garcia, Ruth Garcia, Giselle Tena, Ana Garcia, and Teresa Dominguez. In the Open race, Solorio placed 8th improving greatly on last year’s twelfth place finish. Leading the way was Yaritza Saucedo followed respectively by Monse Zepeda, Steffany Fierro, Zaily Rengel, Marylin Garcia, Rosa Franco, Lizeth Valle, and Michelle Carlin. Special congratulations goes out to all of the senior boys and girls who ran their last official high school race. Those seniors include Rosa Franco, Marylin Garcia, Jesus Rivera, Yaritza Saucedo, and Monse Zepeda. Good luck to those seniors and all the other runners not competing in Regionals as they complete their three mile time trial Saturday before the Regional race. Best of luck also goes out to those seven boys and girls who will be toeing the line to represent Solorio as the state series gets under way!