The Wildcats’ cross country team finished fifth and the Lady Cats were eighth at the Tyler Lee XC Classic last Saturday at UT-Tyler. Cross Country Coach Ross Hicks says there was strong competition, good weather and lots of personal bests for his teams. Landon Thornton led the Wildcats with a seventh place finish. Coach Hicks says he ran perhaps his best race of his career with a time of 16:40.
Coach Hicks says the next six runners were all within about 35 seconds of each other. Peyton Vickery was the second Wildcat runner to finish followed by Eli Sellers, who was battling an upset stomach. Sophomore Christian Palomino was next followed by senior Ed Ramirez, who Coach Hicks calls Steady Ed.
Sophomore Sydney Washburn finished in the top ten to lead the Lady Cats. Coach Hicks says it seemed like every Lady Cats’ runner posted a personal best. Junior Bailey Arrington finished next in the mid-twenties for the Lady Cats. Freshman Landry McKinney was next followed by senior Hannah Dixon.
The Wildcats and Lady Cats compete next at the Hallsville XC Invitational on Friday at Lear Park in Longview.