The Southlake Carroll cross country program swept the boys and girls state championships in each of the last two seasons, and coach Justin Leonard said that is the objective for 2013 as well.
The Dragons girls team finished second and the boys team finished third at the Birdville Flyin Hawks Invite this past weekend, and Leonard said he was pleased with the results, especially on the girls side.
“The girls ran very well,” Leonard said. “Marcus is a very good team. They got third at state last year and are very strong. We really had a good performance heading into district, and it is something that we can build off of. We still have some things to work on and tighten up, but I feel that we are moving in the right direction as move toward the championship portion of the season.”
Marcus finished first at the meet on the girls side.
Antigone Archer (18:08.42) and Samantha Young (18:12.50) finished first and second individually at the Invite, and Katie Burnham (19:14.79) and Moriah Dadson (19:15.80) were eighth and ninth.
Leonard said he was pleased to see his top four girls running so close as a pack.
“Those four have been solid runners, and they are running great together,” Leonard said. “We just have to get five in there as a group and tighten up that fifth spot. I think that if we can do that, we will end up having some of the good races that we are looking for.”
Leonard said that just getting out of region is going to be a challenge for his team, but said that he believes both Dragons teams are more than capable of doing so.
“Our region this year is stacked on both the boys and girls side,” Leonard said. “We are by far the toughest region in the state, and the regional meet is the toughest regional meet that I have seen in the state in the last 10 years. On the girls side, you’ve got four different teams that could win.
“On the boys side, it’s a coin flip. Keller has been phenomenal this year, Timber Creek ran unbelievably well this past week. El Paso Eastwood is coming around, Hebron is doing great and Marcus is Marcus — they are always tough.”
Carroll will take this week off and compete in the district meet next Thursday, and Leonard said he wants to use this time to let his boys heal up.
“On the boys side, we want to qualify and move on to regionals, but we need to get healthy,” Leonard said. “Going into those meets, we’ve got to get some of our top runners healthy and get ready for the long haul.”
Timber Creek runner honored
Keller Timber Creek’s Blake Contreras was named last week’s Runner of the Week by Txrunning.com.
Contreras ran a personal record of 15:24.00 in the 5,000 meters event at the Birdville Flyin Hawks Invite to win an individual championship at the meet.
Timber Creek won a team championship on the boys side, as well, finishing with 70 points, 26 points ahead of second place Grapevine at the competition.
Decatur Girls win at Birdville
The Decatur girls cross country team took first place in the 3A Girls 2 Mile event at the Birdville Flyin Hawks Invite with a score of 27 points, 48 points ahead of second place Alvarado.
Jessica Kyle finished second at the meet with a time of 12:46.08, while teammates Nicole Neighbors (13:06.77), Haley Dennard (13:10.02), Morgan Haney (13:27.17), and Paola Palomo (13:35.72) finished fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth.
Bowie runner wins at Mansfield
Arlington Bowie runner Brant Cook won an individual championship at the Mansfield Invitational with a time of 15:45 in the Boys 5K Varsity 5A-4A event.
Arlington Martin’s Tyler Forde finished fourth at the meet with a time of 15:47.
On the girls side, Maria Castillo of Mansfield Legacy won the meet with a time of 18:46.40.
FW Arlington Heights teammates Graciela Navarro (18:53.73) and Maddie Vondra (19:21.58) finished second and sixth.
The Castleberry boys won the meet as a team, with Eduardo Trevizo (17:23), Christian Astorga (17:49) and Juan Gomez (18:09) finishing fourth, fifth and ninth.
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