Three meets, three victories.
That pretty much describes the Brock Lady Eagles cross country team this season. Coach Chance Westmoreland's squad remained perfect by winning the Keene Invitational at Rex Callicott Park in Keene last Friday.
Meanwhile, Millsap senior Buster Lee won the boys division with a personal-best time of 16:30 over the 3.1-mile course.
Though state is not for another couple of months (Nov. 12 in Round Rock), it's easy to understand why Westmoreland is confident in his team's quest to return to the 3A State Meet. Last season the entire Lady Eagles squad advanced to the elite meet.
"Right now they are running well, and we have a lot of depth on the varsity level," he said. "The returners from last year have ran well and we have also had some good contributions from freshmen Ashlynn Tutter and Jessica Steele and juniors Mia Cherry and Peyton Wakefield."
Tutter, in fact, led all Brock runners by finishing third over the 2-mile course with a time of 12:16. Sophomore Kylee Laverty was fifth in 12:42, Steele sixth with a 12:44, and Lauren Wakefield 11th in 13:01. Also, Cherry was 18th with 13:25 and Peyton Wakefield placed 22nd with a 13:34.
Laverty and Lauren Wakefield were on the state qualifying team last season, along with junior McKenzie Marr, junior Krissie Tighe, sophomore Marjorie Patterson and sophomore Lacie McKinzie.
The Brock boys finished fourth at Keene. They were led by senior Jared Steele, who placed fourth with a time of 16:56. He was a state qualifier last season, along with senior Brennan Freeze.
Luke Hamilton placed 17th for the Eagles, clocking 18:10, and Freeze posted an 18:36 for 23rd.
Peaster also had some competitors at the meet. The girls did not field a complete team due to illness and injury, but Brenna Wyatt (14:10 over 2 miles), Natalie C Smith (14:21), Gabi Silvas (14:50) and Summerlyn Hasty (14:53) all ran.
For the Peaster boys, Danny Turner turned in the top time with a 21:31 over 3.1 miles, followed by Garrett Dobbs and Anthony Martinez.
ALEDO FRESHMAN WINS AGAIN
Freshman Gracie Morris won her second straight race, taking first place among the girls at the Southlake Invitational. She posted a personal-best time of 18:23 over 3.1 miles.
The Bearcats were led by her twin brother Graydon Morris. He placed third with a time of 15:32. Also, senior Harrison Tillman, a state qualifier in 2015, was 20th, clocking a 16;24.
LADY ROOS WIN PARKER COUNTY MEET
The Weatherford High girls won and the boys were second in the Parker County Cross Country Championships this past weekend at Canyon West Golf Club.
Freshman Sadie Tharp took first place for a third straight race, running the 3.1-mile course in a time of 18:16. Sophomore Hanul Lewis was second in 19:04, sophomore Anna Wilson posted a 21:16 for sixth, freshman Gina Limon placed seventh with a 21:18, and junior Reagan Boerner ran a 24:15 for 12th.
The Kangaroos were led by senior Victor Castro's time of 16:23, while junior Austin Christmas was fourth with a 17:09. Senior Roberto Munoz ran 18:02 for seventh. Also, junior Wakilongo Ebake was 11th with 18:13 and senior Angel Escobar was 13th with 18:22.