Porter's Gonzalez, Tonchina cap successful cross country season at state
Nov. 14, 2016 | Yes Minded | Senior Rebeca Gonzalez, making her second appearance at the meet, and sophomore Laura Tonchina, making her debut, capped what has been a very successful season for the Lady Spartans.
Tonchina, in her first year of running cross country, finished 18th overall in the girls Class 5A race, completing the 3,200-meter course in 18:45.95. Gonzalez, meanwhile, finished 43rd out of 149 competitors with a time of 19:14.07.
"To have Beca come back for the second year in a row, and now to have Laura here, it's great because they both push each other," Porter coach Becky Short said. "They've done that all season, and I think both of them helped each other out tremendously."
Gonzalez, who competed in the rain and mud at last year's state meet, was happy to end her high school career racing alongside her younger teammate. She will be continuing her education and athletic career at Sam Houston State next year.
"I came here last year, and this was way better than last year," Gonzalez said. "That was a really tough race, so it was good to get another feel of it with it not being so muddy. Laura really pushes me at practice, so it was great to be able to compete with the same person that helps you every single day."
For Tonchina, the opportunity to run in her first state meet was one she cherished and one that she plans to replicate. Throughout the fall, she balanced running cross country with playing libero for the Lady Spartans volleyball team in addition to taking care of her academics.
As the District 21-5A and Region III-5A champion, Tonchina will be aiming to defend those titles next year. But she credits Gonzalez for helping her to reach those high levels of achievement.
"She talks so much psychology with me – how to think during a race and what to do," Tonchina said. "She prepared me mentally so well. … I'm really excited about (next year) a lot, and I kind of regret not doing it my freshman year. I'm ready to attack junior year."
(Source: Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/east-montgomery/sports/article/Porter-s-Gonzalez-Tonchina-cap-successful-cross-10611513.php)