The Lampasas boys along with Belton’s Brooke Gilmore and Salado's Preston Kimbrough were the big winners Friday at the 2015 Belton Cross Country Invitational at the Wildflower Country Club in Temple.
The Badgers had five runners finish in the top 20 to win the team title with a combined top-five runners time of 1 hour, 30 minutes, 12.6 seconds to win the Boys 1A-4A team championship.
Kimbrough (16:37.3) took first place in the Boys 1A-4A meet while Gilmore (18:29.5) took the top spot in the Girls 1A-4A race.
Salado (1:09:58.4) finished second in the Girls 1A-4A team standings while Lampasas (1:11:29.7) finished third. The Salado boys finished one spot behind Lampasas (1:30:12.6) in the Boys 1A-4A team standings while Gatesville (1:33:38.6) placed fourth.
Host Belton (1:39:41.6) finished third in the Girls 5A/6A team standings, Harker Heights (1:47:28.0) placed eighth, Copperas Cove (1:50:38.7) came in 12th, Killeen (1:52:03.2) placed 15th and Ellison (1:54:09.6) finished 16th.
The Ellison boys finished ninth (1:22:54.5) in the team standings, Belton (1:38:07.9) was 11th, Harker Heights (1:28.59.1) finished 13th and Copperas Cove (1:30:51.0) placed 18th. Shoemaker had a team time of 1:32:02.8 while Killeen had a team time of 1:33:54.3.
Kimbrough (16:37.3) was the first of five Salado runners to finish in the top 23. Daniel Thorneson (18:15.0) finished 13th, Austin Giacmozzi (18:33.1) placed 16th, Chase Harwell (18:36.4) came in 18th and Wade Woods (18:48.6) finished 23rd.
Gilmore posted a winning time of 18:29.5. Teammates Olivia Houdey (19:32.7) placed sixth, Macy Niemi (20:24.4) finished 17th and Jayne Myron (20:34.8) finished 21st.
Gatesville’s Jason Gann (17:44.4) took fourth overall in the Boys 1A-4A race, teammate Andy Wright (17:59.5) placed eighth and Jack Maner (18:45.7) finished 22nd.
The Salado girls had five runners in the Girls 1A-4A top 25, led by fourth-place finisher Katey Ewton (13:16.2), 16th-place finisher Annie Ewton (14:04.8), 18th-place finisher Katie Kendall (14:06.2), 20th-place finisher Andley Flowers (14:13.4) and 21st-place finisher Rebecca Gonzales (14:17.8).
Orlando Flores (17:46.6) helped lead the Badgers to the Boys 1A-4A team title with a fifth-place finish. Nathan Herring (17:47.7) placed sixth, Jonathan Ellison (17:59.9) finished seventh, Levi Geagley (18:04.7) was ninth and Kirby Berry (18:35.5) placed 17th.
Copperas Cove’s Amber Boyd (19:16.9) was the top Lady Bulldawg runner, placing seventh in the GIrls 5A/6A race. Amira Lambertis (19:38.2) led Killeen with a 10th-place finish.
Kendal Moyer (13:40.2) led the Lampasas girls with a 10th-place finish. Megan Sittner (13:53.3) helped Lampasas with a 13th-place finish and Taylore Moore (14:01.1) finished 15th.
In the Boys 5A/6A race, Harker Heights’ Zach Dungan (17:02.0), Belton’s Logan Zwerneman (17:10.7), Ellison’s Josh Branch (17:13.6), Copperas Cove’s Chase Thomas (17:36.8), Shoemaker’s Tyler Gal Lien (17:46.2) and Killeen’s Joshua Anderson (18:02.0) led their respective teams.
Jordan Brock (13:15.2) led the Lady Hornets in the Girls 1A-4A race.
Ellison’s Stormie Cherizand (22:01.0) and Shoemaker’s Mikayla Koester (21:21.0) led their respective squads.