Woodlake and F’ville runners among the 51 runners at the 21st annual Lake Kaweah Invitational
By Patrick Dillon @pdillon_sgn
LAKE KAWEAH – Runners from around the valley took part in the 21st annual Lake Kaweah Invitational last Saturday, Oct. 7. Among them were runners taking on the three mile course were some from Woodlake High School, the host of the event, and Farmersville High School. Of the two schools the best finish came when Farmersville’s Jacob Garcia finished in 19th place with a time of 20:27.32.
“[Garcia] is a good finisher for us. He runs a smart race and has enough at the end to move up,” said Farmersville head coach Kenny Smith.
That strategy worked well for Garcia as he waited back in the middle of the pack for the majority of the race. Although something along the course may have forced him to wait in the middle, a hill.
“We don’t run too many hills in Farmersville so they got to him a little bit,” said coach Smith.
Within the first half mile Garcia and the rest of the runners reached the high point of the course. From there Garcia was able to gain some positions on the low land on the back side of the course, including overtaking Woodlake’s top finisher Ricky Dominguez.
As Garcia circled back toward the hills he began to pick up the pace but so did teammate Abraham Santiago. As the two of them reached the top they worked together and were able to overtake a couple final positions.
“It felt great to be able to pass those guys together,” said Garcia.
Garcia was able to put some distance between him and Santiago for his final position.
Santiago finished in 25th place with a time of 21:03.63.
Juan Villareal and Elian Garcia also ran for the Aztecs and finished with times of 23:41.63 and 29:23.79, respectively.
In the beginning of the race Dominguez was the front runner for the Tigers but was in the middle of the pack. By the time he circled back around he had fallen to a 26th place with a time of 21:06.89, which was a pretty good result for his first time in the event.
“It was difficult because of the hills,” said Dominguez.
However, Dominguez knows that competing on the cross country team and running on courses like this one will get him in condition for soccer, his main sport.
The second Tiger runner was Carlos Lucatero, the son of Woodlake head coach Blanca Lucatero. The younger Lucatero finished in 43rd place with a time of 26:56.79.