Menchville Cross Country Season In Review


Matthew Swanenburg, Staff Writer

In a sports season that was abnormal for all teams, no team was dealt a worse hand than cross country.

Normally, the Menchville Cross Country team would start their season in mid July and practice well into November, but due to the NNPS’ Covid-19 guidelines, the Monarch’s were not allowed to start meeting for practice until October. After getting a few practices under their belt, the cross country team was shut down as the sports schedule shifted, which moved all fall sports into late winter and spring. After months of individual practices, on February 22nd, the team was allowed to practice again and shortly there after started to compete in small races. The Monarch’s completed five small meets and then had to prepare for the big regional meet, which was the last chance for a senior heavy team to make it to states together. The runners who represented the Menchville boys team at regionals were (in order of final place on the team):

Chris Ware (Sr, 18:12), Alejandro Ramirez (Sr, 18:14), John Michael Cabral (Sr, 18:24), BJ Diongzon (Sr, 19:11), Johnny Crain (Soph, 19:21) Brandon Edwards (Sr, 19:22), Jack Gorton (Fresh, 19:28), Francisco Duran (Soph), Thomas Young (Sr), Tristan Klompenhouwer (Fresh) and Ian Conner (Sr).

The runners who represented the Menchville girls team at regionals were (in order of final place on the team):

Jaelyn Windham (Sr, 22:21), Nouela Limon Duparcmeur (Fresh, 22:51), Megan Wilson (Jr, 23:05), Zoe Villarreal (Jr, 23:20), Taylor Wilson (24:06), Gabby Roach (25:14), Brittany Allen (Sr), Elizabeth McElfresh (Fresh), Raquel Manadero (Soph) and Julia Silverman (Fresh).

Unfortunately, neither the boys or girls teams were able to qualify for states.