Texas Boys Cross Country ROY: Frank Lara

Texas Boys Cross Country ROY: Frank Lara

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Texas Boys Cross Country ROY: Frank Lara

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THE WINNER: Frank Lara

THE BASICS

School: Strake Jesuit College Prep (Houston, Texas)
Grade: Senior
Position: Distance runner
Height: 5-foot-7

Athletic achievement: He raced to the Class 5A individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:26.25. Lara finished second at the Nike Cross Nationals South Regional championships in 15:31.67, and took ninth at the Foot Locker South Regional championships. He earned victories at the District Championships, the San Jacinto Battleground Invitational and the Jesuit Invitational.

Academic excellence: Lara has maintained a 3.89 GPA.

Exemplary character: Also a talented musician, he is a member of the school’s Athletes in Action service club and has organized visits to the cancer center at Texas Children’s Hospital.

THE PRAISE

“Frank is one of the most disciplined athletes I have coached in 35 years,” said Strake Jesuit coach Mike Kerley. “He’s been a wonderful mentor to the younger athletes on our team.”

THE FUTURE: Lara remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

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