The Justin Northwest girls cross country team continues to show signs of improvement, and last weekend’s effort at the McNeil Invitational in Round Rock was no exception.
The team took third place at the meet, which featured teams from all over the state, and the Lady Texans look poised to make a run at state this year on the backs of two of their runners in particular.
Kellee McCann finished second at McNeil, and Katherine Chavez finished eighth to help Northwest to the third-place showing, just three points behind second place Spring Branch Smithson Valley.
The Lady Texans total time was just 15 seconds more than first place Humble Kingwood.
Northwest finished third at the Ken Garland Invitational last weekend as well, and Chavez is a returning state qualifier from last season.
Coach George Lutkenhaus could not be reached for comment for this story.
Nunez has strong showing at McNeil
Kevin Nunez may not come from the biggest of schools or the strongest of cross country programs.
But the Alvarado distance runner hung right in at the prestigious McNeil Invitational this past weekend, finishing sixth.
Nunez’ effort helped Alvarado to a seventh-place finish, and the Indians senior finished with a time of 15:59.50.
More than 300 competitors participated in this year’s Varsity Boy’s 5,000 Meter Run gold division this year.
Timber Creek impressive
The Keller Timber Creek boys cross country team cruised to victory in its home invitational this past weekend, winning first place as a team by 34 points over second place Trophy Club Nelson.
The Falcons posted the top four individual times, with Erik Wingfield (15:45.83), Alonzo Pollum (15:54.38), Blake Contreras (16:05.62) and Carson Burnside (16:37.01).
Timber Creek finished the meet with a total time of 1:21:43.82, more than four minutes faster than any other team, and ran average time of 16:20.77.
Not to be outdone, the Timber Creek girls also won first place as a team, edging out second place Keller by a total of five points at the meet.
Jasmin Rivera (18:48.0), Amelia Barrett (18:55.0) and Nicole Small (19:06.0) all finished in the top 10 at the meet for Timber Creek.
Keller’s Kim and Megan Lloyd finished first and second at the race, with times of 18:20.0 and 18:21.0 respectively.
Euless Trinity’s Noelle Ortiz finished third with a time of 18:23.0.
Four local teams make Top 10 list
Txrunning.com recently came out with its top 10 runners among girls and boys 5A and 4A varsity cross country teams, and several area schools made the list.
Trophy Club Nelson earned the fifth spot among boys 4A programs, while the Southlake Carroll girls ranked second and boys ranked fourth among 5A programs.
The Keller boys were third in the state among 5A programs.
Castleberry Girls take second
The Castleberry girls cross country team finished second at the Ken Gaston Invitational this past weekend, finishing with an average score of 14:28.94 in the two mile run.
Daniella Botello was the top runner for Castleberry, finishing with a time of 14:12.57, and Elizabeth Espitia was right on her heals in 13th place with a time of 14:19.84.
On the boy’s side, Arlington Martin’s Tyler Forde led the way with a time of 16:08.28 and individual championship.
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