Cross Country Continues Chugging Along, Looking Ahead to Thursday’s Invitational

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Both Lady Cats and Wildcats cross country headed to Kaufman Saturday for the Run With the Lions XC competition.

Both teams under Ross Hicks had very solid outings Saturday. The Lady Cats cracked the top-5 at fourth and the Wildcats, at eighth, had six runners place personal records.

Haylee Schultz narrowly missed out on the top-15, crossing the line at 14:07.49 for 16th place. 15 seconds later Edith Martinez came in at 21st with a time of 14:22.21.

Jolea Moore crossed the line at 14:35.05, finishing 27th.

Three more Lady Cats cracked the top-45:

  • Laney Hurst, at 39th, finished at 15:02.53
  • McKenzie Buckland, at 15:04.99 placed 41st
  • And Abbey Williams, eight seconds after Hurst, crossed the line at 15:10.08. She finished after Buckland at 42nd

Rounding out runners for Lady Cats XC, Dylan McKinney came in at 16:08.47.

Of the 18 schools competing in Kaufman, Lady Cats XC ended with just 127 points, more than enough for a fourth place finish.

The men’s side had a solid outing as well Saturday in Kaufman. Of the eight runners for Sulphur Springs, six of them set personal records.

Leading the way for the Wildcats, Ivan Gonzalez finished 34th at 19:05.03, the first of more than a handful of runners to do so Saturday. Not far behind Gonzalez, Gabe Mayo also recorded a personal best with a time of 19:18.02. The Wildcat placed 42nd.

Two runners from Sulphur Springs cracked the top 50:

  • Candelario Monsivias at 47th — 19:26.27
  • and Juan Sanatacruz, 49th — 19:29:94 (PR)

Mateo Perez finished at a time of 20:08.02, and two ticks behind him Jaydon Connor recorded a personal best, coming in at 20:10.82.

The last two Wildcats to cross the finish line, Rafael Florez and Andrew Resendiz, at times of 20:26.62 and 20:31.13, were the sixth and seventh Sulphur Springs runners to set personal records Saturday.

In the 20 schools running in Kaufman, all 4A and under, Wildcats XC cumulated 233 points, good enough for 8th place.

Next up, Ross Hicks and his cross country teams compete Thursday at the Troy Segura classic. Another early start for Sulphur Springs XC has both squads start running at 8 A.M.

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Author: Ross LaBenske

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