Carroll cross country makes it a three-peat at regional meet

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Carroll swept the Region I cross country meet for the third straight year on Saturday in Lubbock, and now the Dragons have their sights set on their last major goal of the season — winning a boys and girls state championship.

The Carroll girls team has won six consecutive regional titles in a row, and coach Justin Leonard said he could not be happier with their effort this year.

“They came out hard, and it was a great team performance,” Leonard said. “We beat Flower Mound by six points. I thought that the whole team ran great, but Kayli Jones (19:21.20), our fifth runner, really finished it out strong for us and ran especially well.”

The Dragons won an individual championship on the boys side with Jacob Pickle (14:52.60), and Connor Hendrickson (15:00.00) finished second at the meet.

“They are both seniors, and for them to have finished first and second at their last regional meet was a good thing to see,” Leonard said.

With the state meet looming on the horizon, Leonard said his team is anxious to get going.

“We're going to try to come away with some hardware,” Leonard said. “That's the ultimate goal, and it is going to be tough. You add in Region II and region III, and the competition will be challenging, but this is our goal every year, and I think our kids are coming around right now.”

For Colleyville Heritage runner David Strome, a district championship was just the beginning in a run toward state, as he nearly qualified for state meet this past weekend in Lubbock.

The Panthers' distance runner finished 14th with a time of 15:30.00 at the regional meet on Saturday, and coach Will Carter said he could not be happier with Strome's performance.

“He ran a phenomenal race,” Carter said. “He maximized the amount of training he had done into a race, so he put all that he could into a race and just ran lights out. His time would have put him in the top 10 last year and the top 10 the year before, it just happens to be that this year was ridiculously competitive. He ran incredible.”

Strome is a sophomore this school year, and Carter said one of the goals for him next year will be to get to state.

For Grapevine High School, Skyler Simon was just short of qualifying on the girls side, finishing with a time of 18:28.70 to place 11th overall.

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