Carroll keeps up SEC tradition in cross country, track

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The Southeastern Conference cross country and track and field programs might as well set up camp sites at Carroll.

Over the years, they’ve found a few athletes to compete in their conference. Three more are headed in that direction after graduation. The trio and two others competed in the Class 5A state track and field meet at Myers Stadium at the University of Texas this past weekend.

One of those SEC-bound performers is senior distance runner Courtney Kriegshauser, who is going to Vanderbilt. She won the Class 5A girls 1600 with a time of 4:51.10. While the time was not a personal record, it was good enough for her to stand atop of the platform.

“She performed brilliantly,” coach Renae Osborne said. “She ran her race and did what she was supposed to do. She stayed with the pack. And then in about the last 600 meters, she just picked it up and ran away from them.”

Kriegshauser’s gold medal highlighted a strong showing by Carroll’s representation. Senior Trevor Gilley finished second in the boys 5A 1600 with a personal record.

In the girls 5A 3200, Shelby Chapin, who is going to Arkansas, placed fifth with a time of 10:51.75. Meanwhile, Joe Sansone endured a little heartbreak in the boys 5A 3200. The North Carolina-bound distance runner finished second with a personal-record time of 9:03.05. That was a little more than five seconds behind champion Robert Domanic of Lewisville Hebron (8:57.95).

Junior Sarah Robinson finished eighth in the girls 5A 300 hurdles with a time of 44.27 seconds.

For Chapin and Sansone, they met the expectations even if they weren’t champions.

“Shelby was in the race most of the way,” Osborne said. “She was in the top four and then some girls went past her. But she stayed with them. She was able to outrun a couple of them. But I think [fifth] was probably where she was going to finish.

“Joe led five of the eight laps. Then three kids were ahead of him in the last two laps. In the last 300 meters, he was third. In the final 30-40 meters, he just outgutted [third-place finisher Robert Ammons of Houston Strake Jesuit] to get there.”

Ammons finished his race in 9:03.60.

Robinson’s performance probably went the way Osborne and her anticipated. Robinson came into the nine-person field with the ninth-best time. She qualified at the Region I track meet in Lubbock with a personal best of 43.55. The positive part was that she improved her placement. Robinson is receiving college interest including TCU, Osborne said.

A different strategy

Both Kriegshausen and Gilley also qualified for state in the 3200. However, each chose not to run in that event for a couple of reasons.

First, the 3200 started at about 8:40 a.m. Saturday. The 1600 started at about 8:40 p.m. That’s just not enough recovery time. Second, the 1600 is each competitor’s stronger event.

“You just don’t get enough rest between the 3200 and 1600,” Osborne said. “But the good thing is that our kids in Southlake have so much more knowledge about training. There’s really never an offseason for them because they participate in other sports. When we get them for track, they’re already in shape.”

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