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Lady Cats Cross Country Places Second in Two Straight Competitions

Coach Ross Hicks’s teams had another good outing last weekend.

Saturday, Sept. 10 had both cross country teams returning to their old district course in Hallsville.

The Lady Cats finished second as a team for the second straight competition.

Haylee Schultz, fresh off winning the 4A and under division last week in Pittsburg, finished fifth at 13:44.10.

Not even 30 seconds later followed Edith Martinez, cracking the top-10 in Hallsville at ninth.

Three freshmen followed the sophomore Martinez:

  • Abbey Williams, 14:56.60 (26th)
  • McKenzie Buckland, 15:09.50 (29th)
  • Dylan McKinney, 15:21.10 (33rd)

Cumulating just 62 points, the Lady Cats, who finished second in 4A and under, had a decent gap between them and third place Atlanta (75).

Last week Sulphur Springs took part in something of a district preview, competing at the Troy Segura Classic that just so happened to feature the top-3 teams XC will take on come district championship time.

The Lady Cats placed second, behind host Pittsburg, but did feature Schultz winning her first ever cross country competition. Martinez finished second, with Jolea Moore coming in seventh. Senior Laney Hurst finished 16th.

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On the men’s side, the young cross country squad did not have the outing they had hoped for. In a crowded meet of talented competitors, Sulphur Springs as a team did not finish in the top-14.

Two freshman, Mateo Perez and Gabe Mayo, continue to have solid seasons. The Wildcats finished top-30 in yet another varsity competition.

Ivan Gonzalez, the lone returning runner from last year’s team, lead the way in 21st crossing the line at 19:35.50.

The final runner to place for Sulphur Springs, sophomore Jaydon Conner, crossing the line at 20:08.60, finished 42nd.

Next up, both cross country teams head to Longview to participate in Pine Tree’s Mike Darby Invitational.

That meet takes place Friday, Sept. 16.

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Author: Ross LaBenske

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