Thursday, November 5, 2009

Contreras has some high hopes in state X-country

by John Severance

DamiAna Contreras missed the Socorro girls soccer team’s game against Santa Fe Prep on Oct. 30.
But she had a pretty good excuse.
The freshman was the top finisher in the district meet and led the Socorro girls cross country team to a second-place finish in the district championship at Bataan Park in Albuquerque.
On Nov. 7, Contreras and the Lady Warriors will run in the state cross country meet at 9 a.m. at Rio Rancho High School.
“I am hoping DamiAna can run into the top ten and that would be considered all state,” Socorro cross country coach Steven Montoya said.
It just so happens if the Socorro girls soccer team reaches the state final, it will play at 10 a.m. in north Albuquerque. The AAA girls state meet starts at 9:25 a.m.
When asked if she would try and make the soccer game, Contreras said: “Probably yeah.”
Contreras admitted it was tough to miss the soccer game last week.
“It was hard but I knew they needed me more in cross country than in soccer,” she said.
Contreras, backup midfielder on the soccer team, said she is going to do the best she can on Saturday in the state meet.
“I am just going to run as fast I can,” she said.
She also has the blessing of Socorro soccer coach Mitch Carrejo.
“I don’t blame her at all,” Carrejo said. “It was great for her to win a district championship.’’
Montoya said Contreras is in excellent shape.
“She has not done a lot of training with us,” Montoya said. “It’s just fitness from being an active girl. She is in real good shape.”
Three other members of the Socorro soccer team are eligible to run in the state meet. They include Contreras’ sister, JeriAna, Zoe Howell and Victoria Lopez. But if the Lady Warriors are in the state title game for soccer, those three will play soccer.
Even though JeriAna Contreras, Howell and Lopez did not run in the district meet, they are eligible to run in the state meet because they competed in 25 percent of the cross country team’s competitions.

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