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VYPE traveled down to Bridge City prior to the start of the cross country season and caught up with some of the Cardinals' best runners.
Here is our Q&A with Victor Hernandez.
VYPE: You play a lot of sports; how do you manage that?
HERNANDEZ: For most of the sports, I just figure out times with the coaches and talk with them. For football and cross country, I just talk to Coach McGuire. We just figure out when I can do cross country and then come kick for football at whatever time. Just figuring out times that work best for him and me is key.
VYPE: So, what all sports do you play?
HERNANDEZ: In the fall, I’m the varsity kicker for football, varsity runner for cross country and I do select soccer for a league over in Beaumont. In the spring, I am the captain of the Bridge City soccer team and run track.
VYPE: When you watch soccer, who do you like to watch?
HERNANDEZ: Right now, it is Messi. Before, I liked watching highlights of Pele, the world’s best soccer player. For the school soccer team, I have the same number as both – 10. I love watching Messi, he’s the perfect example of a perfect left-footer. He can also make a play out of nowhere.
VYPE: What are your goals for cross country?
HERNANDEZ: Time wise, I’m hoping to get into the 17-minute 5K, and then Regionals-wise I hope to make it again. I made it my freshman and sophomore year and hope to make it my junior year. State is still a little far off, but I’m going to work for it.
VYPE: What are your interests outside of sports?
HERNANDEZ: I love learning about space and biology. I hope to do either one of those in college if sports doesn’t work out.
PACING RIGHT BEHIND THE KLEIN OAK PANTHERS AT THE GIRLS STATE MEET WERE THE KLEIN HIGH BEARKATS, WHO FINISHED SIXTH OVERALL AS A TEAM.
The scary thing is that their stars are all coming back with a vengeance. Leading the way is junior Kathryn Koonts, who finished fifth overall at State – the best in the district. She’s a beast and has a lead-by-example style.
Senior Kristen McHugh (54th) is one of the best in the business and could leave a huge legacy as she closes out her Klein career. Sophomore Sophie Goerlich (65th) is a rising runner in the state, while juniors Daniel Mendez, Teia Morris and Genesis Navarro round out the team along with senior Isabella Rivault.
The boys have some solid pieces coming back with a pair of seniors in Thomas Kubala and Gerardo Mendez, who will provide leadership to the underclassmen.