It was with mixed emotions that the Sun Warriors saw their season come to a close in West Chicago at the Wheaton Academy Sectional. Whether it was the JV mile time trial on Friday or the Varsity race on Saturday morning, there was no arguing the point that this team has grown by leaps and bounds. The times spoke for themselves. Speaking even louder though was the selflessness and true team dynamics that were on display Saturday morning. On a Halloween morning when the weather was nothing short of truly terrifying, Solorio had a bus full to capacity with teammates who were not afraid to get themselves soaked to the bone in order to support their varsity representatives. The varsity didn’t disappoint.
Starting with the girls race, it almost looked as if one was watching a replay of last year’s Sectional. Leading the way was sophomore Mariah Torres, followed closely by junior Deisy Garcia and her sister, senior Maria Garcia. The fact that all girls were able to run faster than last year, on a day when the rain turned the course into a slip’n slide, was a true testament to their improved fitness. They were followed closely by sophomore Ruth Garcia who was making her Sectional debut and junior Yaritza Saucedo, again closing the back door. Rounding out the varsity seven were seniors Erica and Esther Franco, fueling each other the entire way.
On the boys side, senior captain Edgar Flores came into the race with a score to settle after what he felt was a disappointing effort as a junior. With the rain coming even stronger, and the girls having already torn the course up, the fact that Flores was able to drop thirty five seconds from last years’ time is truly mind blowing. Nipping at his heals was freshman Brandon Galicia, showing that indeed the torch is ready to be passed from one generation of Solorians to the next. Packing it up two places apart were freshman Martin Barrientos, caked in mud after an early fall, and sophomore Robert Perez. Finally, closing the back door was senior Miguel Garcia, running a strong race with teammates junior Jesus Rivera and sophomore Omar Luis.
Congratulations to both teams on their successful season. Words cannot express how far they have come and how much more is to be accomplished both in track and next cross country season. A special thank you goes out to all of the seniors, both teams are forever indebted to your sacrifices and guidance. Enjoy the next two down weeks, but don’t forget about the Rainey Park Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 14!