The Keller girls cross country team had a phenomenal showing at the state cross country meet on Saturday in Round Rock, taking third place overall as a team.
The Keller girls finished with a score of 109 points, 22 points behind second-place Southlake Carroll, and coach Brian Zaring said he was very proud of his girls’ effort.
“The team ran very well,” Zaring said. “Abbey [Santoro] stayed with the lead pack and separated late in the race. She just continued to get stronger as the season progressed.”
Santoro (18:47.70) captured a bronze medal for the Keller girls individually, and Isabel Van Camp (19:30.90), Julia Black (19:44.10), Sydney White (19:59.80) and Kimberly Lloyd (20:49.90) made up the rest of the bronze medal team.
Zaring said that he was very pleased to see the way these runners stepped up when they were really needed.
“The other girls fought their way through the most difficult conditions you could imagine,” Zaring said. “I’m so proud of the fight they showed.”
Carter Persyn (16:29.10) finished seventh on the boys side individually, and Zaring said he showed a lot of heart at the meet.
“I can’t say enough about Carter,” Zaring said. “He has really developed into a force to be reckoned with. It has been a great four years with him, and he has continued to push himself.”
Byron Nelson’s Andrea Karlen also competed at the state meet and ran a time of 20:51.80 for the Bobcats girls team.
On the boys side, the Keller Central team finished 11th overall at the meet with a 1:01, 1-5 split time and average time of 17:52.
Central’s top runner was Christopher Morgan, who ran a time of 17:23.30 for the Chargers.
Micah Langat (17:35.10), Eric Casarez (17:41.40), David Torkington (18:19.30), and Trenton Magryta (18:25.10) rounded out the top five runners for the Central team at the state meet.
Parker Cota (19:00.90) and Nathan McEndree (19:09.40) also represented Central in Round Rock.