The Mansfield girls cross country team had an impressive showing at the Cowtown Challenge this past weekend, taking first place with a score of 64 points in the 5A-6A division.
Coach Danny Calderon said he could not have been more pleased with the girls’ effort and said he believes its a sign of things to come.
“They ran very well,” Calderon said. “It was a tough course. It was probably one of the hilliest courses we will run this year, other than the regional meet. After the girls varsity race, I wasn’t sure if we had won, but we ended up beating out Boswell by eight points.”
Calderon said that Alessia Williams (19:24.33) ran very well, taking second overall at the competition, which was a PR for her, dropping more than 40 seconds off of her best time.
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The Lady Tigers cross country team is running well as a group, with four of the top 15 runners coming from Mansfield, but Calderon said he still believes there is room for improvement.
“I always feel like there is more work to be done,” Calderon said. “So I’m happy, but I am not necessarily content with where we are. I thought the girls and the boys ran well, but I am always wanting to do better.”
Mansfield has its bye week this coming weekend, and Calderon said that his objective for the bye week is to work on introducing something new.
“We’re actually phasing into different interval phases, and the phases are going to be faster,” Calderon said. “They will require less recovery, and that is kind of what we talked about for this week. We are going to be transitioning into our faster intervals.”
Boswell girls take second
The Boswell girls cross country team had strong showing at the Cowtown Challenge this past weekend, finishing second overall, just eight points off of first place Mansfield.
Kari Sosa was the top runner for the Lady Pioneers, finishing fourth overall with a time of 20:12.17.
Teammates Chloe Riley (21:30.84), Katie Hess (21:35.02), Hope Barnes (21:35.98), and Maddie Flores (21:36.46) finished 15, 16, 18 and 19 respectively in the race.
Boswell had a score of 72 points for the competition.
Southlake Carroll boys win Marcus
The Southlake Carroll boys cross country team won the Elite division of the Marcus I Invitational this past weekend, with three of its runners finishing in the top 10.
Reed Brown (15:19.34) finished second overall in the race, while Charlie Gardner (15:39.56) took fourth place and Michael Waugh (16:09.01) was 10th in points.
This is the second straight week of victory for the Dragons, who won the Greenhill Relays to open the season.
The Arlington Heights boys cross country team placed two runners in the top 10 at the Marcus I Invitational Varsity boys division this past weekend.
Ivan Hernandez finished second overall with a time of 16:23.91 and George Richardson took eighth place with a time of 17:13.03 in the competition.
Arlington Heights finished fourth overall as a team in a field that included 38 teams.
1. Binta Ka, Richland, won the 5A-6A division of the Cowtown Challenge with a time of 19:04.34.
2. Skyler Simon, Grapevine, finished third in the Elite division of the Marcus I Invitational 18:21.35.
3. Ashley Johnson, Arlington Martin, finished fourth at the Marcus I with a time of 18:27.06.
1. Eric Cesarez, Keller Central, won the 5A-6A division of the Cowtown Challenge with a time of 16:16.52.
2. Reed Brown, Southlake Carroll, finished second at the Marcus I Invitational with a time of 15:19.34.
3. Eduardo Trevizo, Castleberry, won the 1A-4A division of the Cowtown Challenge with a time of 17:14.84.