Lexington begins the Cross Country season on Thursday as they host the Minuteman Invite at the Overton Golf Course. Coach Sam Jilka has this outlook on the year. The Minutemaids, powered by the talents of state medalists Kennadi Ureste and Kayla Barrios will be seeking to return to the state competition and improve on their fourth place team placing in 2019. Assisting the two juniors, will be sophomore Marissa Garcia who was a state team member as well as state qualifier, senior Janet Aguado. Senior Alexis Ureste is also expected to contribute. The Minutemaids have added some younger depth but experience will be necessary for those athletes to help contribute to the team success. According to coach Jilka, Kennadi and Kayla put in a strong summer training routine which has helped establish their base leading into the season.
Janet Aguado Senior State Qualifier 2019
Alexis Ureste, Senior
Kayla Barrios, Junior –2 time letterwinner, State Medalist in 2019 10th
Kennadi Ureste, Junior—2 time letterwinner State Medalist in 2019 13th
Marissa Garcia, Sophomore State Qualifier in 2019
For the boys, the Minutemen are hungry and ready to reload their talent from the graduating group that obtained three Class B State Runner Up trophies in the past three years. The young group of Minutemen will be led by seniors: Miles Decker and Elmer Sotelo. Both have exhibited healthy leadership skills and improvement in their running the past few years. Younger athletes will be needed to comprise the varsity squad and expect sophomores Kevin Prado and Oscar Aguado to challenge for a position along with freshmen Miguel Cruz and Lazaro Adame. Five freshmen runners were part of the boys MS state champion team of 2019 and as they gain experience and strength will be contributors to the team’s success.
Miles Decker, Senior State Qualifier in 2017 (returning from Oregon for the past two yrs)
Elmer Sotelo, Senior State Qualifier in 2019, member of State Runner Up team in 2019
Garrett Converse, Junior State Qualifier in 2019, member of State Runner Up team in 2019