XC team races to fast start, hoping to repeat success

KALI ODOM, Staff writer

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The KHS cross country Lions have continued their success so far from 2016, already notching a few top finishes.

“Our goal for this season is to extend our district champion streak, we have won nine times so we’re going for number 10, for the boys and girls,” cross country head coach Denver Stone said.

On Sept. 2, the first cross country meet of the season, both varsity girls and boys took first as well as the junior varsity boys with the JV Girls not falling far behind.  

Running two miles. Ellie Galan placed first (12:34). Taylor Sandberg placed second (12:52). In third was Alondra Campa (12:52.5), Amanda Rodriguez placed eighth (13:36), and Aleisha Ford came in tenth (13:48). Leslie Gonzalez (13:54) and came in fourteenth, Stephanie Torres came in fifteenth (13:58)

Running three miles, Christian Rivera coming in first (16:05), and Spencer Keith came in third (16:39). Noah McBride came in fifth (16:54) and Marshall Pate placed eighth (17:05). Jayson Tucker finished in sixteenth place (17:42) and Edwin Olvera took seventeenth (17:46).

Edwin Olvera and Marshall Pate running for the Lions.

In Southlake, the varsity boys placed fifth out of 41 teams , and out of 295 runners, Rivera placed 18th (15:55). Keith placed 50th (16:24), and Noah Mcbride finished 80th (16:42). Tucker placed 168th (17:30), Edwin Olvera placed 177th (17:35), and Marshall Pate took 194th (17:42).

Out of 36 teams, Varsity girls placed 15th, and out of 253 runners, Galan placed 28th (19:01). Sandberg placed 44th (19:28), and Campa finished 67th (19:52). Rodriguez placed 136th (20:48), and Gonzalez came in 184th (21:49).

In Canton cross country, Kaufman varsity boys, and varsity girls, as well as JV boys and girls took first place.

On boys varsity, Rivera placed first (16:46), Keith placed second (16:53). Mcbride placed third (17:33), Olvera placed fifth (17:46), Tucker placed 11th (18:12), and Pate placed 12th (18:12.5).

On girls varsity Galan finished first (12:08), Campa placed fourth (12:31). Sandberg placed fifth (12:38), and Rodriguez placed 12th (13:20). Hayley Tucker placed 24th (14:13), and Priscilla Sanchez placed 25th (14:14).

With the cross country winning all three of their meets this year, Coach Stone is proud and excited to see his kids work hard and improve.

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