Key puts on strong showing at state meet


Bay City’s Raheem Key finished 55th at the Class 4A state cross-country meet held Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Key finished with a time of 17:02.77 at the state meet in a division that had 152 entrants.

“That was his fastest time all season,” said Bay City Head Cross Country Coach Zerrick Vriseno.

Key’s time at the state meet bested his time at the Nike South event where Key finished in first place in the junior varsity 3-mile run with a then-personal best time of 17:08.20.

This marked the second straight year that Bay City has qualified a cross-country runner for the state meet.  Adrian Soto made it to Round Rock last year.

“I knew he had a possibility to make it to state this year at the beginning of the year,” Vriseno said. “I knew it would be close and down to the wire and that is why I coached him so hard in the summer.”

Key said this year his times have improved with every race and that has pushed him into the state spotlight this weekend. 

“My times had improved all year long,” Key said. “I didn’t think my times would be this low this year but with all the work that we do, it happened.”

Vriseno said he was proud of the work that Key put into making it to the state meet this year and he hopes Key’s dedication to the program will start to rub off on the underclassmen coming up the ranks in the program.

“This is exciting to have another runner at the state meet,” Vriseno said. “We are starting to build a tradition here with the Bay City cross country program that we want to see continue and grow. We want the state meet to be the standard here at Bay City.”

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