Just keep running; just keep running

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

In only her sophomore season, Brooke Wendel has already qualified for the UIL Cross Country 4A State Championships twice. Though a fall early in the race prevented the Cuero High School athlete to run exactly the race she would’ve hoped for, Wendel still showcased an exceptional season, including a personal record (PR) at regionals. With the state qualification, she became the first CHS runner to reach back-to-back UIL State Championships since Buster Hansel in 2010.

Wendel completed the two-mile course at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock in 13 minutes and 46.53 seconds.

Coach Ray Gonzales knew something was wrong, as she approached the 800 meter mark.

“I didn’t know exactly what happened,” he said. “Talking to her after the race, she said she fell around the 400 meter mark. Her breathing was a little off when she got to me, but she fought hard, and she competed. That’s all I can ask any of my athletes is to get out and run hard, and that’s what she did today.”

“It affected me a lot, because right at that 400 it starts to narrow out, and it’s hard to recover from that and catch those girls,” Wendel said.

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