By: JOHN CANNON
(DONNA) – All season long, Donna High Boys Cross-Country program head coach Juan Davila preached these words to his team; “go out there, do your job and don’t get lost in the big meets.”
Davila’s team answered the call and as a result, advanced to the State Cross-Country Meet for the first time in school history.
At the state meet, the Redskins ran a very solid race and finished eighth overall as a team which was something that Davila was very pleased with.
“This is truly a great accomplishment for us as a team and now we are going to state for the first time in school history,” said Davila. “They worked hard on advancing and did just that.”
“The kids are excited and I am excited for them as well.”
So when the Rio Grande Valley Cross-Country Coaches Association had their annual sports banquet, it was only fitting that Donna High would receive some serious notoriety.
Davila received some serious acknowledgement as he was named the 2016 Coach of the Year.
Two of his runners also received some recognition for their accomplishments for their efforts.
Alejandro Castillo was a 2016 RGVCCCA Senior Year Award Recipient and also was Third Team All-Valley award winner on the boys’ side.
Castillo was the highest finisher for Donna High at the state meet as he placed 11th overall in the Class 5A division.
His teammate Francisco Morales joined him on the All-Valley list as he was a Third Team award winner. Morales finished 16th overall at the state meet in the Class 5A boys division.