November 1, 2023 630 PM
Cross-country runner and state qualifying athlete, Francisco Rosas, shared his insights about his upcoming meet and what it has been like to get to this point of the season in a recent school interview.
When asked what helped him perform so well during regionals, Rosas emphasized how his strategy of controlling his breathing during the race this year differed from that of years past. This newfound approach helped him remain strong and steady during the course of the race and he also stated that starting training in mid-June, incorporating endurance and resistance work alongside football workouts, has positively impacted his performance.
Rosas expressed both excitement and nervousness about the upcoming race, finding confidence in representing Marfa through his dedication to the sport. He believes his performance can inspire teammates, especially incoming freshmen, to push through challenges and aim for advancement to the state level in the future. Although the Round Rock course has proven to be a tough course, Rosa’s race plan includes staying with the top runners in the region, as it helps him determine his pace and timing.
He also intends to maintain his established technique to stay focused on the race rather than just finishing or trying to measure his performance against those runners around him. This is the first time Marfa sends a male runner to the UIL State Championships since 2015, but the Shorthorns continue to send state qualifiers in cross-country for the fifth consecutive year. Starting gun goes off Friday, November 3, at 10:40 a.m. for Rosas and the rest of the 1A boys competitors.
The Lady Horns bow out of the state playoffs with a 0-3 loss against Balmorhea on the road, but the team looks forward to bringing back every member of the team next year, since there were no seniors on the squad. The team finished the season 14-9 and heads to the off-season with many strong improvements from this young team.
The Marfa Shorthorns blew out the Fort Davis Indians on the road Friday night by a decisive 48-22 victory, reviving Marfa’s opportunity to sneak into the playoffs. Pending a win Friday night at home against Buena Vista, and a loss by other teams in the district, the Horns can make the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade. Kick off time is 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 3, at Martin Field.