By Joshua Papaqui, Staff Writer
The Verbum Dei cross country team finished its season with an annual sports recognition banquet, January 17 in the Student Success Center. Parents of cross country runners were in attendance to cheer on their sons as they received their awards. Food was provided by team parents and Mashanda Finn, Head Cross Country coach.
The following recognitions were awarded:
Ricardo Sierra: MVP (team); MVR (League); Scholar Athlete; League 1st Team. Alessandro Leon: Performance; Benjamin Rivera: Reliability; Geovanny Martinez: Reliability; Eagle Award; Osvaldo Paniagua: Improvement; Adrian Belisle: Dedication; Brian Diaz: Effort; Jesus Estrada: Consistency; Christopher Gil: Performance; Joshua Papaqui: Reliability; Samuel Canchola: Improvement; Hector Hernandez: Effort; Shawn Loera: Effort.
As Finn awarded each recipient, she explained why the runner won the particular award. She also shared a memorable moment for each runner during the season.
“I was very excited to receive all these awards,” said sophomore Sierra. “I worked really hard this season and was glad that all that hard work paid off.”