Joshua girls confident about cross country district

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The Joshua girls cross country team has not finished lower than fifth in a meet so far this season, and coach Leah Wright said she believes a district championship is within the teams’ grasp.

The Lady Owls recently won the 4A division of the Haltom Metroplex Challenge this past weekend, and Wright said it was a good victory for her team.

“We’re very pleased with how the girls competed,” Wright said. “It was kind of a smaller meet, but we were real happy with the win. The girls ran well, and they are coming along nicely.”

Soren Underwood was the top runner for the Joshua girls, winning an individual championship and running a time of 20:50.

Kelsey Newton (21:07) and Julia Tucker (21:09) made it a clean sweep for the Lady Owls, finishing second and third, while Kenzie Russell (22:37) finished ninth and Tori Tucker (22:44) was 10th in the competition.

Wright said having her top five runners finish in the top 10 at the meet was a great accomplishment.

“That’s phenomenal, because that is as close as a pack as we have ever had running together with that many girls,” Wright said. “So we’re tickled. We’re very excited about that.”

Joshua also finished third at Midlothian in a field of 31 teams earlier this season, and took second at the Western Hills Invitational two weeks ago.

“They have definitely been improving every week,” Wright said. “Finishing third at Midlothian was big for us, because it was such a large field, and I believe the two teams ahead of us were big 5A teams.”

Wright said the Joshua girls team lost to Burleson Centennial last season at the district meet, something that the girls team hopes to avenge this year.

“We came in second in our district last year and didn’t lose anybody,” Wright said. “We knew we were going to be better, and then we had a very strong freshman class come in this season. The goal for our team was to win district, but we didn’t set any goals beyond that.

“We will be doing that shortly. We are not going to settle for just being happy to be there to the regional meet. We’re going to have some goals for what we want to accomplish once we get there.”

Joshua Boys also big at Metroplex Challenge

The Joshua Boys cross country team won an individual and team championship in the 4A division of the Metroplex Challenge this past weekend, as Beni Rios (17:33) brought home a championship for the Owls.

Cory Grant (18:03), Joshua Mason (18:13), Michael Harding (18:18) and Brandon Renfroe (19:23) rounded out the top five runners on the boys side.

Grand, Mason and Harding all finished in the top five in the race.

Bowie runner tops at Metroplex Challenge

Brant Cook (16:21.95) of Arlington Bowie won the individual 5A championship at the Haltom Metroplex Challenge this past weekend, and Trophy Club Nelson took home the team championship on the boys side.

L.D. Bell’s Connor Hudson took second place at the meet in the 5A division and Arlington Martin’s Nic Smith finished fourth.

On the girls side, Byron Nelson also claimed a team championship, while Bell’s Araya Fetters (19:51.61) finished third, and Martin’s Ashley Johnson (20:05.49) finished fourth overall.

Northwest girls take title

The Justin Northwest girls cross country team won a team championship at the Ken Garland Invitational this past weekend, as teammates Kellee McCann and Katherine Chavez finished first and second respectively at the competition.

McCann ran a time of 18:32.13 and Chavez finished with a time of 19:06.26 for the Lady Texans.

On the boys side, it was Keller that came up big, as Austen Dalquist (15:26.42) won and individual championship and the Indians also finished first as a team.

Colleyville Heritage’s David Strome (16:17.21 finished third in the run, and Alvarado’s Kevin Nunez 16:27.90 finished fourth.

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