Angel Sanchez And Canyon Boys Dominate 4A Boys

Angel Sanchez prepares to capture the 2022 UIL 4A Cross Country State Championships

2022 UIL 4A Boys Cross Country State Championships
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As the season progressed, the UIL 4A boys individual title was full of challengers looking to duke it out for supremacy.

Throughout the season, that list would grow and the state meet race would be evidence of that.

After a half mile, the front pack began to form and lead the race. Niemiec led a group of 20 boys through the first mile with another packed group of boys just second behind.

The second mile would see Martinez, Bennett, and Sanchez begin to make moves with Martinez and Sanchez take things a bit further with just over 1K to go. 

Sanchez used his sub 4:10 mile abilities to speed home for the win. His winning time of 15:47 was the only sub 16:00 in the race with Martinez at 16:00 on the dot in second. Bennett, finished third in 16:13.

1	Angel Sanchez	11	Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis	15:47.50 	0
2	Carlo Martinez	12	Gatesville	16:00.30 	0
3	Hudson Bennett	12	Burnet	16:13.90 	0
4	Alexander Niemiec	11	Canyon	16:15.50 	1
5	Jacob Berryhill	12	Pittsburg	16:16.70 	0
6	Chris Moreno	12	San Elizario	16:16.90 	2
7	Lathan Lewter	10	Canyon	16:17.30 	3
8	Emery Crayton	12	Tyler Chapel Hill	16:21.00 	0
9	Miguel Arce	11	Canton High School	16:22.60 	0
10	Abel Solorio	11	Cumberland Academy	16:24.20 	0

The team race was even more exciting than the individual race. With many teams entering knowingly being strong, only the race would be able to decide the top teams.

Despite the parody, the Canyon boys were the prohibitive favorites.  Thoughts were executed as they ran to only a 40 point total thanks to a 16:33 team average. That was over 30 second better than the next fastest team. Their 0.59 second split was good enough to seal the deal.

Canyon's Alexander Niemiec and Lahan Lewter push for the finish line

1	Canyon	40	1+3+5+7+24 (33+61)	0:59 1-5 Split | 16:33 Avg
2	La Feria	107	8+9+20+34+36 (82+109)	1:00 1-5 Split | 17:09 Avg
3	San Elizario	147	2+17+25+47+56 (70+87)	1:56 1-5 Split | 17:21 Avg

The La Feria Lions were the unknown for most of the teams. The RGV boys showed how strong they were by executing a complete race. Their 17:09 team average and one minute split helped introduce them to the rest of the teams.

All of the rest of the hopes for a podium finish would come down to the fifth runner of San Elizario, Big Spring, and Giddings. San Elizario finished third with 147 points, Big Spring was in fourth just seven point back with 154. 

Huffman-Hargrave, Kaufman, and Sanger were all there in sixth seventh and eighth place with 194 and 199 points.