Diamond in the Rough

Emily Cole could be Region II's best runner

Emily Cole could be Region II's best runner
Cole is a versatile athlete in the sport of track. Vype

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In a district where being fast can often mean just being good, being the best means you’re also in line to be a regional champion.

As District 15-6A goes, so goes Region 2 most cross-country experts will say. Since 2011, the district that includes The Woodlands and College Park has either produced the individual regional champion or the team championship or both.

Along with The Woodlands and College Park, you now have an upstart Klein team that could have the fastest 5k runner in senior Emily Cole. As of early October, Cole had the fastest 5,000-meter time in Houston at 18 minutes and 13 seconds.

Cole has taken nearly two minutes off her race time from 2017 and is primed for an individual district crown. Much of this improvement can be attributed to Cole cutting down on participation in multiple sports.

“Prior to this season I was competing in four sports – volleyball, basketball, cross country and track,” Cole said.

Cole also is a versatile athlete in the sport of track, competing in the 5000m, 3200m, 1600m, 800m and 2000m steeplechase events, respectively.

“I decided last track season to concentrate only on running,” Cole said. “So I changed my diet and started working on nutrition and becoming what Coach (Tim) McGuire calls a 24-hour athlete.”

 

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Jose Altuve hit a tiebreaking single in a four-run seventh inning, Yordan Alvarez homered for the third straight game and the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2 on Wednesday night for their 11th win in 13 games.

Houston’s Yainer Diaz reached base four times and drove in three as the Astros handed the struggling Blue Jays their 11th loss in 15.

Alvarez looked to be in pain after an awkward swing on his ground ball to second base that ended the first inning, but Houston’s designated hitter reached base in his next four plate appearances.

Alvarez doubled home a run in the third, led off the sixth with a solo homer, came around to score after being intentionally walked in the seventh, and capped his night with an RBI double in the eighth. He finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs.

Right-hander Tayler Scott (5-2) got the win despite allowing a game-tying single to the only batter he faced. Bryan Abreu worked a perfect seventh, Bryan King pitched the eighth and Rafael Montero finished.

Toronto’s Bo Bichette struck out on a pitch that hit him in the ninth.

Bichette opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first but Alvarez tied it with a two-out double in the third.

Alvarez gave Houston a 2-1 edge with a leadoff homer in the sixth, his 19th, but Daulton Varsho tied it with a two-out single off Scott in the bottom half. Varsho went too far past first base and was thrown out to end the rally.

Chas McCormick reached on a fielding error by Blue Jays right-hander Zach Pop (0-3) to begin the seventh, and pinch-hitter Jon Singleton followed with a double. Altuve broke the 2-all tie with an RBI single.

Pop left after Alex Bregman lined out, but Jose Cuas didn’t retire any of the four batters he faced, walking Alvarez intentionally before allowing Diaz’s two-run single on his first pitch. Cuas exited after hitting Jake Meyers and Jeremy Peña with consecutive pitches to bring home a fourth run.

Astros right-hander Ronel Blanco, who no-hit the Blue Jays on April 1, allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

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Toronto put INF Justin Turner on the paternity list and recalled OF Steward Berroa from Triple-A Buffalo.

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Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (neck) is playing catch every other day, manager Joe Espada said. There is no timetable for Verlander’s return.

Blue Jays: RHP Jordan Romano will be sidelined for at least six weeks after surgery for an impingement in his right elbow, manager John Schneider said. It’s not clear whether the two-time All-Star will return this season.

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Blue Jays RHP Chris Bassitt (7-6, 3.24 ERA) is scheduled to pitch against Astros LHP Framber Valdez (6-5, 4.11) in Thursday afternoon’s series finale.

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