Runners head to Region IV-4A meet Saturday

Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal

In the Alice High School gymnasium proudly hangs an orange and white banner honoring the 1994 Alice High School district champion cross country team.

For this year's runners, the banner served as motivation. They wanted to add another banner their own banner to the gym. They did just that Saturday by winning the District 31-4A cross country championship.

Alice had three runners place in the top 10 of the race to lead the team to a first-place team finish at West Guth Park in Corpus Christi.

Senior Michael Joiner fueled Alice's charge Saturday with a third-place finish. His time of 16:59 was his best of the season on the West Guth Park course.

Michael Zarate was sixth with a time of 17:26. Sophomore Bo DeLeon placed sixth with a time of 17:29. Alice's other three runners included Chris Lopez, 12; Ryan Cadena, 20; and SooIn Ma, 24. The team was without injured Andrew Munoz, who is among the team's top runners.

In the girls' division, sophomore Felisha Salinas advanced to the regional meet individually by placing seventh. The top 10 individual finishers advance to the regional meet.

Salinas' finished helped the Alice girls place fourth in the team standings.

The Region IV-4A meet is Saturday at the University of Texas-San Antonio campus.

The Alice boys competed in the regional meet last year after placing third in the district meet. The team finished last year's district meet tied for third, but advance via a tiebreaker.

Regional-Bound

The following are the Alice runners projected to run

at the Region IV-4A cross county meet Saturday:

Alice Boys

Michael Joiner, Sr.

Ryan Cadena, Jr.

Bo DeLeon, Soph.

Miguel Zarate, Jr.

Andrew Munoz, Soph.

Chris Lopez, Sr.

Alice Girls

Felisha Salinas, Soph.