Make a run for it
By Robert Proctor
Making it back to the state level in any competition for the second straight year is certainly never a simple task. For Nordheim senior, Deric Torres, there was an added challenge with COVID-19 overshadowing each race this season.
Not knowing what was in store week-to-week, Torres focused on what he could: running his race. That determination paid off, as he won district and finished ninth at the Region IV-1A meet in Corpus Christi to reach state once again.
On a chilly morning in Round Rock this past Monday, Nov. 23, Torres completed one of his better races of the season, finishing in 27th out of over 100 1A boys runners in a time of 17 minutes and 36 seconds. That effort propelled Torres ahead of every runner in his region, other than two.
“I was trying to get a good time which I was able to do and have fun,” Torres said after the race.
With times displayed at each mile mark, Torres saw that he was running well and ahead of his pace, but there were still a lot of guys in front of him.
“There were still a good amount of people in front of me, more than I wanted,” he said. “I wanted to run harder.”
Torres’ cross country coach, Carlton Williams, understands the challenge of qualifying for state a second time.
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