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East Bernard High School 723 College Street, East Bernard, TX Dist. 26AA Volume 43, Issue 3 Dec. 17, 2009 Kristen Gertson- Reporter tate meet. Turning into the shoot. 150 meters to go. Coming in strong. Toe crosses the line. 2A boys state champion. On Nov. 14 in Round Rock, junior Nick Guerra made history. Not only by being the first state champion individual in all sports from East Bernard, but also by becoming the 2009 2A Cross Country State Champion. “Since the beginning of the season it was my goal to be state champion as a team and as an individual. I had been working toward that goal for six months and had over 150 consecutive days of running,” Guerra said. According to Guerra’s coach, Susie Walters, his constant determination and desire to work hard is what enabled him to win this title. “Nick is a tough mental runner. He worked hard. One of his many strengths was that he doesn’t get nervous because of other runners or high expectations,” Walters said. Guerra believed that it was important to go into a race with confidence in himself. “I ran the 1st mile with my head, the 2nd with my legs and the 3rd with my heart,” Guerra said. As he rounded that final bend to complete the 3rd and final mile, he crossed the stark white line and stepped across as a state champion. “Everything that I had trained for went into one race. I finally did what I wanted to do-be a state champion,” Guerra said. S ast meets were a distant memory, and none of them mattered as the Brahma team prepared for the state meet which would determine it all. The team’s fate rode on each individual member’s shoulders. On the day of state if the boys wanted to bring home a state championship, they knew they had to perform. And that is just what they did. Smiles were shared all around as the boys received their gold team medals around their necks and plaque on Nov. 14 in Round Rock at the state cross country meet. “It feels great to be a state champion. It’s a goal that I set back in junior high, and we finally accomplished it,” senior Miles Locke said. Being the top 2A boy team in the state did not come easily. Each member of the team had to step up and do their best. “I tried to be a leader for the team. I wanted to be a role model by showing that hard work would get us to our goal,” senior Patrick Pitts said. Since the boys took the title, other areas of their lives have been affected. “Cross country will affect the rest of my life because if I didn’t give up on running, well, it’s going to be hard to give up on any other thing,” sophomore Thomas Garcia said. Junior Zach Sprague belives running gives you self confidence. “Everyone should run. It makes you feel better about yourself.” (See CC-p. 16) P RUNNING AHEAD OF ALL, LITERALLY Junior Nick Guerra heads toward the finish line. On Nov. 14 in Round Rock, Guerra finished 15.15 sec. in front of his 2nd place competitor to capture the state 2A title. Guerra was known for handily leading the majority of his competitors throughout the season. “Even though I won this year, the season never ends,” Guerra said. (Photo by Amber Gertson)


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