The champions are dethroned.
After two years of reigning over District 8-6A, Waco Midway lost hold of its title Thursday as Ellison placed four runners in the top 10 en route to claiming the district championship.
Reginald Evelyn led the Eagles along the course at Waco’s Heart of Texas Soccer Complex, posting a second-place time of 16 minutes, 1.38 seconds, while teammates Jeremiah (fourth, 16:17.47) and Isayah Williams (fifth, 16:20.24) crossed the finish line less than 20 seconds later.
Ikel Hernandez Casillas (ninth, 16:24.96) and Dominique Bacon (15th, 16.46.64) rounded out Ellison’s scoring, giving the Eagles 35 points as a team.
Belton was second with 45 points, and Midway (72) placed third, qualifying the squads for the upcoming Region I-6A meet. The top three teams and top 10 individuals at district advance.
Ronnie Ramthum, of Harker Heights, is the only individual who is not on a qualifying team to reach regionals, placing seventh overall with a time of 16:20.97. The Knights were fourth as a team, finishing with a mere 10 points more than Midway.
Shoemaker (144), Killeen (151) and Copperas Cove (203) followed in the standings.
In the girls race, there was no upset as Belton captured its fifth consecutive district championship behind Abigail Cargile’s first-place performance. She completed the course in 18:46.07 to claim the individual gold medal.
With Cargile leading the way, the Lady Tigers cruised to the team title, producing 34 points to place 36 points ahead of the second-place Pantherettes (70). She was complemented by teammates Jordan Jones (fourth, 19:19.92), Shelby Littlefield (eighth, 19:56.79) and Michaela Decker (ninth , 20:00.86), who each finished in the top 10, while Sela Anderson rounded out Belton’s scoring with a 12th -place time of 20:09.97.
Harker Heights placed third with 84 points to earn a berth at regionals.
Jasmine Early delivered the team’s top showing, finishing second overall with a time of 18:53.25. Lady Knights teammates Julia Arey (16th, 20:32.48), Annika Faar (20th, 20:42.59), Grace Wallace (21st, 21:07.55) and Aleya Johnson-Rudino (25th, 21:18.37) followed Early across the finish line.
Fourth-place Copperas Cove (103) qualified two runners for regionals as Madisen Honea (19:22.08) and Mariyah Reynolds (19:52.77) were fifth and seventh, respectively.
Additionally, Ellison’s Alina Simon (sixth, 19:45.22) and Killeen’s Amira Lambertis (third, 18:59.90) will also compete at regionals.
The Lady Eagles (106), Lady Kangaroos (163) and Shoemaker (172) were fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively, in the team standings.
The Region I-6A meet will be held at Lubbock’s Mae Simmons Park on Oct. 23.
LADY BADGERS, BADGERS ADVANCE
After reaching state as a team for the first time in program history, the Lady Badgers took their first steps back Friday by placing third at the District 19-4A meet.
Held on its home course, Lampasas produced 61 points as three runners placed in the top six.
Taylor Moore delivered the Lady Badgers best time, finishing in 12:52.03 to claim the bronze medal, while teammates Kyndal Moyer (12:59.18) and Mackenzie Best (13:02.50) were fifth and sixth, respectively. Annabelle Brack (19th, 13:54.40) and Alette Cook (28th, 14:07.66) rounded out Lampasas’ scoring.
With 59 points, Liberty Hill won the team title, and Llano was second with 59 points.
Salado finished fourth with 87 points, but the Lady Eagles’ season is not over as Jaci McGregor and Catalina Langlitz each advanced to regionals. McGregor was the individual champion with a field-best time of 12:17.00, while Langlitz (13:13.12) placed eighth overall.
The Badgers (63) placed behind only champion Liberty Hill (15) thanks to having all five scorers finish within seven spots of each other.
Luke Palacios (ninth, 19:46.54) led the Badgers, but teammates Cody Woods (10th, 19:52.65), Daniel Lang (13th, 20:02.49), Isaac Alford (15th, 20:18.79) and Michael Hoff (16th, 20:26.79) each crossed the finish line within the following 45 seconds.
Leander Glenn was third with 64 points, and Salado (111) placed fourth.
The Region III-4A meet will be at Huntsville’s Kate Barr Ross Memorial Park on Oct. 23.
HORNETS WIN TEAM TITLE, THOMS NETS GOLD
One year after finishing fourth at the District 17-4A meet, the Hornets elevated to the top of the standings, winning the team championship by a mere two points Wednesday.
With two top-10 finishers — Baylee Ivy (eighth, 17:36.78) and Riley McClure (ninth, 17:56.30) — the Hornets accumulated 59 points to narrowly beat China Spring by two points. Robinson was third with 81 points.
Miles Barnes (13th, 18:38.73), Horacio Briseno (14th, 18:40.61) and Aaron James (15th, 18:42.42) completed the Hornets scoring.
In the girls division, Gatesville’s Katrina Thoms delivered the field’s top performance with a first-place time of 12:47.38 along her home course, helping the Hornets finish second as a team with 51 points.
Kiana Taff (seventh, 14:18.14), Caitlyn Chacon (10th, 14:32.83), Sydney Gilbreath (15th, 15:06.25) and Tiffany Davis (18th, 15:14.87) rounded out the Hornets’ scoring and propel the team into the Region III-4A meet.
FLORENCE’S JAIMES PLACES FIFTH
On Monday, Florence’s Johnny Jaimes extended his season with a fourth-place showing at the District 25-3A meet.
Racing along his home course, Jaimes posted a time of 18:53.48, qualifying him to compete in the Region IV-3A meet at Corpus Christi on Oct. 23.
As a team, the Buffaloes placed sixth with 125 points, and the Lady Buffaloes were seventh at district, producing 197 points.