XC teams coast to victories, ready for district on Saturday

The Lions ready to run.

The Lions ready to run.

KALI ODOM, Staff writer

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Kaufman Lion cross country teams ran a 5k and took first place for every division two weeks ago in Grand Prairie at the Ken Gaston Invitational.

Due to the weather KHS runners had to power through thick mud and rain to cross the finish line.

“I had to change my expectations for the meet because of the strong rain we had to deal with,” said coach Denver Stone of the running conditions. “Our goal was still to try and win, but our time expectations had to be thrown out the window because the course deteriorated quickly. It was very slick and a good two inches of water deep in most spots.”

The varsity girls came in first, competing against 24 teams and 181 individual runners. Elle Galan came in second (11:59),  Alondra Campa was close behind in third (12:00). Taylor Sandberg came in fourth (12:11), Amanda Rodriguez came in 17th (12:49), Leslie Gonzales came in 39th (13:16), Bianca Atuna came in 41th (13:17), and Aleisha Ford came in 68th (14:07).

Edwin Olvera races ahead for the Lions.

The varsity boys came in first as a team. They ran against 24 teams and ran against 202 individual runners. Christian Rivera ran first (16:25), Spencer Keith came in second (17:11). Noah Mcbride came in sixth (17:36), Edwin Olvera came in 5th (18:01). Marshall Pate came in 21st (18:21), Jayson Tucker came in 31st (18:43), and Jeb Williamson came in 40th (19:01).

Against 10 teams and 101 individual runners, the junior varsity girls came in first with Priscilla Sanchez winning the race (16:05). Marizit Puente came in fourth (16:24), Maiya Rodriguez came in fifth (16:39). Hayley Tucker came in sixth (16:46), Jaira Garcia came in seventh (16:50). Olivia Burrows placed 22nd (17:47),  Kairi Oliver came in 24th (17:53), Katarina Cunningham came in 40th, Paloma Leos came in 59th (19:13), and Denise Saucedo came in 61th (19:16).

Also placing first, the junior varsity boys competed against 12 teams and 127 individual runners. Brandon Tousignant placed third (19:32), Patrick Mitchell placed fourth (19:40), Carlos Sanchez placed seventh (20:01), and Jesus Leija placed 12th (20:25). Jesse Baxley placed 13th (20:29), Ivan Flores placed 14th (20:31), Noah Neiro placed 33th (21:24), Skylar Marcellous-Ojeda placed 37th (21:41), and Preston Smith placed 47th (22:10). Noah Yeldell placed 54th (22:19), Ede Garcia placed 73rd (23:01), and Paul Bradicich-Shelton cae in 113th (25:39).

“I think our teams did well, considering the circumstances,” Stone said. “All four teams  brought home the first place trophy. You should always be happy with winning.”

The team runs in the district meet this Saturday at the Kaufman Sports Complex.

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