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Two of Donna North High School’s outstanding cross country runners are making another name for themselves. The pair is the first at DNHS to receive scholarships to help pay for their college education in their sport.

DNHS seniors Daniel De La Cruz, who was named 2016 All-State, and Fernando Teran each signed a Letter of Intent from Ranger College in Ranger, Texas to join its cross country team. The seniors made it official before several classmates, administrators, coaches, friends and parents.

Both De La Cruz and Teran are the first in their families to go to college. De La Cruz said he is particularly gratefully for the much-needed scholarship award. “I’m the first generation in my family to go to college,” De La Cruz said. “It feels great. I’m making my parents proud.”

Teran agreed. He said he appreciates this opportunity because he’s been in cross country only half of his high school career. “For me it’s a dream come true because I only have 2 ½ years of cross country experience. I never expected this to happen to me. It’s a blessing.”

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De La Cruz and Teran are members of DNHS’ powerhouse Mighty Chiefs Cross Country Boys’ Team. This year the runners outdid themselves. They captured the District 32-5A and Region IV Cross Country titles and placed second in state competition. What is also impressive is that DNHS’ cross country team was ranked 107th in the nation among all divisions by the track and field and cross country monitoring database milesplit.com.

“We’re like the dynamic duo because we work hard together and we motivate each other,” Teran said. “It feels great to have each other’s back.”

“I fell in love with cross country and the support we give each other,” De La Cruz said. “It keeps your mind and body strong.”

De La Cruz and Teran are looking forward to attending Ranger College together and being a part of a college cross country team. They said that one thing is for sure — they will be there to support each other.

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