Boys Cross-Country advance to Regionals


Rebecca Duran

Varsity boys cross-country team lined up at the starting line.

Rebecca Duran

The cross country team competed in the 1-5A district meet at Vista Hills Country Club. The boys team finished 3rd place overall, making it to regionals. Three boys finished in the top 10. Braulio Torres, ninth place, Dauntae Herrera, seventh place, and Seth Truax, second place. 

“We have been working extra hard for the past couple of weeks so that we could secure our spot and make it to regionals,” said sophomore Seth Truax. “I’ve been making sure that I listen to my body and to Coach Truax because he knows what he is doing and knows what is best for me.” 

The cross-country meets have looked a lot different from the past year due to the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. Last season no spectators were allowed, masks were required, and the season even got cut short.  

“I feel like I’ve gotten more motivation when I am racing because there are people cheering me on as I run,” sophomore Dauntae Herrera said. “This season I was able to improve my time more because I was able to get in more races unlike last year.”  

Coach Truax has been putting in time to make sure his runners are taken care of and are performing well. 

“I have been giving them certain workouts every day to make sure their training pays off in the races,” coach Truax said. “I make sure none of my athletes are in pain during their workouts because it’s important to keep everyone feelings good and healthy.”  

The regional meet will be senior Donovan Jones’s last cross-country race of his high school career. 

“I really enjoyed the past four seasons,” Donovan said. “I felt so welcomed to the team, and I was able to make some unforgettable friendships and memories.” 

The regional meet will took place on October 25 in Lubbock, Texas. The boys will leave from El Paso on Sunday October 24.  

“These boys have been working so hard for the past 8 weeks and the deserve go and compete in the 1-5A regionals meet,” coach Truax said.