Five Hornets girls placed in the top 10, clinching the District 17-4A cross country championship Wednesday at Waco Connally.
With senior Jordan Brock claiming the individual title as well, Gatesville was not challenged, accumulating 25 points to easily beat out second-place Lorena (52) and China Spring (60). Brock posted a winning time of 13:00.
Additionally, Katrina Thoms (third, 13:12), Jordan Morse (fourth, 13:23), Kiana Taff (eighth, 13:44) and Ashton Gribble (ninth, 14:06) contributed to the Hornets’ scoring, securing the squad’s spot at the Region III-4A meet.
Gatesville boys runners Riley McClure and Bailee Ivy will join their counterparts at regionals after each qualified as individuals. Finishing sixth and seventh, McClure posted a time of 18:43, while Ivy finished in 18:48.
As a team, the Hornets narrowly missed advancing, scoring 92 points to finish four points behind third-place Connally (88). China Spring won the championship with 22 points, and Lorena (79) was second.
Rounding out Gatesville’s scoring was Aaron James (24th, 20:45), Mason Edwards (25th, 20:45) and Ines Delatorre (30th, 21:18).
Badgers, Lady Badgers finish second in 19-4A
Lampasas finished with four runners in the top 10 as the Badgers and Lady Badgers each placed second at the District 19-4A Cross Country Meet on Saturday morning.
Competing on his home course at Lampasas High School, Connor Cummings delivered Lampasas’ top showing, placing third individually with a time of 17 minutes, 21.6 seconds, and the Badgers tallied 56 points to finish behind champion Liberty Hill (34).
Complementing Cummings’ outing was teammate Nathan Herrin, who crossed the finish line in 17:41.1 to claim seventh place, while Levi Geagley (11th, 18:07.1), Isaiah Andrade (14th, 18:13.8) and Jon Davis (21st, 18:37.2) rounded out the Badgers’ scoring.
Taylor Moore and Mackenzie Best paced the Lady Badgers, who also finished behind Liberty Hill (39), as the pair completed the course consecutively. Moore posted a fourth-place time of 12:49.1, while Best was fifth with a time of 12:56.2.
Kyndal Moyer (12th, 13:11.1), Annabelle Brack (15th, 13:17.8) and Megan Sittner (16th, 13:18.5) tallied the remainder of the Lady Badgers’ points.
Llano was the final team to qualify in each division. The top three teams advance to the Region III-4A Meet at Huntsville’s Sam Houston State University on Oct. 29.
Salado fell just short of reaching regionals after the Eagles placed fourth as a team with 109 points.
Hunter Haas was 10th individually, recording a time of 18:01.3, while teammates Luke Markham (15th, 18:16.3), Horacio Huerta (24th, 18:49.2), Seth Neal (28th, 19:12.0) and Manuel Magadan (32nd, 19:47.0) followed.
The Lady Eagles were fifth in the six-team field with Catalina Langlitz leading the group by placing 18th overall in 13:27.3.
Finishing moments later were teammates Taylor Rich (23rd, 13:54.3), Ansley Flowers (25th, 13:55.3) and Regina Deen (29th, 14:06.2), who each placed in the top 30. Rebecca Gonzales rounded out Salado’s scoring, posting a time of 14:24.9 to place 33rd.
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