When teams are training during the summer, state is the ultimate goal. The chance to compete in this race will drive an athlete out of bed at five in the morning to run 10 miles. But at the end of a season only a few teams will achieve their goal. Many teams are satisfied with just qualifying, but teams like North West Christian (1B/2B), Royal (1A), and Mead (4A) are not satisfied with just qualifying they run to win.
Articles with Royal High School
By Rene Ferran Herald staff writer Rigoberto Jimenez barely let out a smile as he crossed the finish line Saturday in the 1A boys race at the state cross country championships at Sun Willows Golf Course. The Royal junior had just won the first state title in the program\'s history, but he was waiting for his twin brother, Humberto, to arrive so they could celebrate together. Eleven seconds after Rigoberto finished the 5-kilometer course in 16:17, Humberto crossed the line, himself having left the rest of the field in his dust. The two walked down the finish chute, and now Rigoberto owned a big grin. \"I\'m very proud,\" said Rigoberto, who only moved to the United States five years ago from Acapulco, Mexico, and didn\'t being running competitively until ninth grade. \"This means a lot. It was my goal. I worked all summer so I could finish strong.\"
By Rene Ferran, Herald staff writer ROYAL CITY -- Don\'t bother to offer either Rigoberto or Humberto Jimenez a ride. Royal cross country coach Ben Orth has tried many times. Neither Jimenez twin ever takes him up on his offer. They live a mile away from Royal High, and they walk home every night. Then, many times, they\'ll return to school later to walk around the campus for some added exercise, then walk back home. \"They\'re always moving,\" said Orth of his two junior standouts. \"They don\'t ever sit still.\" The Jimenez brothers also run very fast over long distances. The duo are among the favorites to win the 1A state title Saturday at the state cross country championships at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. Rigoberto won his second straight SCAC district title last Saturday at Apple Ridge Run in Cowiche, with Humberto finishing five seconds back to lead Royal to a second-place finish in the team standings and a state berth.