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Toros XC places fifth in state

Tyler Takeda/The madera Tribune

The Matilda Torres boys cross country team huddles together before the CIF Div. III State Championship race on Saturday in Woodward Park. The Toros ended up fifth. 


FRESNO — Fresh off its Div. III Central Section championship, the Matilda Torres Toros boys cross country team was hoping for a podium (top three) finish at Saturday CIF State Championship at Woodward Park. 

Torres ended up in an eight-point pack for third through sixth place. The Toros finished with a team score of 216 points, just five points from third, and four from fourth. They finished two points in front of sixth. 

“It hurts a little bit because I know where they belong and I know what they can run,” head coach Jose Herrera said. “Everyone ran a good race. They were feeling good before the race. After the race, Hunter (Hannah) said he tripped over a log. Now, I’m thinking what could have changed if he didn’t trip. We could have gotten third because we were only five points away. It’s a whole team result. The other guys could have made up the points, too.”



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