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New relay gets good reviews

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    BULLETIN PHOTO/Chuck McCollough Girls cross country runners from Bandera High School and other schools take off on one of dozens of heats held as part of the first annual Medina Cross Country Relay on Friday, Aug. 16, at the Arms

The first annual Medina Cross Country Relay meet held at the Arms of Hope Medina Campus on Friday, Aug. 16, drew a large crowd of high school cross country athletes and supporters.

“We expect this will become a very popular event that attracts more and more schools for a different kind of cross country,” said Medina Independent School District Athletic Director Cully Doyle.

Doyle used the same cross country relay model when he coached at Hutto and Gonzales.

“In this cross country relay model that uses a baton handoff, varsity is a six-mile repeat format, with three people on a team. Each person runs one mile each to reach a total of three miles and then repeats it,” said Doyle. “JV only ran the three-miles repeat format, with three people on a team, and each person ran a one-mile leg.”

He said he got good feedback about the event from other teams and parents.

Seven teams participated. They were from Bandera, Medina, Utopia, St. Michaels (Austin), New Braunfels Christian Academy and Rocksprings high schools.

Following are the times of three-person teams from the schools, several of which had more than one, three-person team competing. Medina competed in the JV category.

Varsity Girls

1. St. Michaels - 35:01

2. Bandera - 35:52

3. St. Michaels - 36:21

4. Bandera - 37:11

5. A combined team from Utopia and Rock-springs - 37:23

6. Bandera - 37:52

7. Bandera - 37:57

8. New Braunfels Christian Academy - 45:39 Varsity Boys

1. St. Michaels - 29:16

2. Rocksprings - 30:21

3. Bandera - 31:57

4. St. Michaels - 32:00

5. Bandera - 33:26

6. New Braunfels Christian Academy - 39:46 Junior Varsity Girls

1. Medina - 19:13

2. St. Michaels - 19:38

3. Bandera - 21:46

4. Medina -22:28

5. Medina - 22:45

6. Medina - 23:42

7. Medina - 23:43 Junior Varsity Boys

1. St. Michaels - 16:47

2. Bandera - 16:57

3. Medina - 17:16

4. Utopia - 17:39

5. Medina - 18:34

6. Medina - 19:40