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Courtesy of Mia Perez

After Mia Perez won first place in girls district 5k.

Running up the ranks

Sophmore Mia Perez wins cross country districts

As sophomore Mia Perez approached the finish line, all the hard work over the past few months finally paid off. Lengthening her stride, she passed a girl from Boerne Champion and crossed the finish line in first. She is the girl’s district champion.

“I felt really good when I crossed the finish line,” Mia said “I put in so much effort into the last 100 meters in order to pass people.”

Mia’s coach, Trenton Hall, never fails to motivate her. Pushing her to be her absolute best helped to create the outcome at districts.

“My coach is one of my biggest motivators,” Mia said. “He always tells me ‘your hard work will pay off, and if you do quality work, it will get you somewhere.’”

Mia’s sister, senior Sophia Perez, also runs varsity Cross Country. 

As Mia and Sophia compete against each other there’s always a little friendly competition between them. Despite the small rivalry between the two, they still collaborate and push each other to be the best they can be.

“We always like to get on each other’s nerves,” said Mia, “but we still push each other. She finished right behind me at districts.” 

Regionals will be on Oct. 25 in Corpus Christi where the girl’s varsity team will compete.

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