The Calhoun Cross-Country team prepared last week for the Regional Meet in Corpus Christi.
On the Girls team, Junior Emme O’Donnell qualified for her third Regional meet, and right behind her, Freshman Phoebe Huang qualified for her first regional meet.
O’Donnell said it feels great that she and Huang are both heading to regionals, and she added they both feel accomplished by “how much work” they put in this season.
O’Donnell is one of the leaders of the team and pushes her teammates to do their best, but she has help from Huang.
“Not only do I push Phoebe, but she also pushes me at practice and during the meets, and we both work hard at it,” O’Donnell said.
Huang enters regional as a freshman, and she is happy and excited to make it to regionals in her first year. She added not a lot of people can make it to regionals as a freshman, and she hopes she can pull it off and head to state.
Heading to regionals, Huang said she and O’Donnell are focusing on the meet, preparing to have fun and not be nervous all the time.
The biggest surprise this year is the whole boys’ cross-country team qualifying for Regionals. Seniors Daniel Sanchez and Ismael Ysaguirre spoke about the entire team heading to regionals.
Last year the boys’ team missed district by one point, and Ysagurrie said it felt good to make a comeback from last year, and the team worked their tails off during the winter and offseason to reach that goal.
Sanchez talked about how it was the goal to make it regionals this season, and he said it was something that the team has been working on this whole year.
Heading to regionals, Sanchez said the mindset is to race good and “make a name” for themselves.
O’Donnell and Huang qualified for state.
Daniel Sanchez finished in the top 25 but didn’t qualify for the state.