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Senior Aaron Murray and Junior Maria Gonzales won medals at the TAPPS State Championship Cross Country Meet in Waco, Texas this past weekend. Murray, who joined the Pope John cross country team just last year, took home the first place medal for the second time. His 4800-meter course time of 15:30.6 minutes was the fastest time across all divisions. This first place win earned him the title of Boys 4A State Champion for the second year in a row.

Junior Maria Gonzales took second place in the 4A Girls Division, running the 3200-meter course in 12:20.5. This is Gonzales’ first year to place at the state meet and only second to participate, with a three minute improvement over her time in 2009 as a freshman.

“I’m very proud of what our runners have accomplished this year,” says Coach Hilda Gonzales. “We’ve worked hard towards developing a quality program and athletes like Aaron and Maria show that our hard work is paying off.”

Pope John XXIII High School opened its doors in 2004. Located in the heart of West Houston, Pope John XXIII High School strives to educate the whole student – mind, body, spirit, and imagination. With a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, strong Catholic identity, and emphasis on service and leadership, graduates move on to collegiate careers prepared to succeed.

For more information about Pope John XXIII High School, visit pj23.org.

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Pope John XXIII High School runners Maria Gonzales and Aaron Murray medaled in the TAPPS 4A State Cross Country Championships in Waco.
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