From Staff Reports
The Prosper Eagle Cross Country teams finished off the regular season on Saturday the same way they started off, with team titles in the varsity divisions, this time at the Melissa Cardinal Invitational. The meet was a great tune-up for the District 9-4A Championships, which is Oct. 22 at Warren Park in Frisco. Out of 19 teams, the girls edged out 3A state-ranked Melissa, 5A Irving Nimitz and Celina to bring home the win. With 21 teams competing on the boys’ side, the Eagles beat McKinney North, Irving Nimitz, and 2A state-ranked Whitesboro en route to a great team victory.
With District right around the corner, the girls’ squad jumped down to compete at 3200 meters to get some speed work in. They were a bit out of their element, as 4A girls’ cross country races 5k, so the girls had to take on the 3A schools like state-ranked Melissa at their own distance. It was a great battle with the three-time state qualifying Lady Cardinals but in the end, the Lady Eagles pulled off the victory by a score of 51-60. Prosper showed a strong team effort, as runners 1-5 finished with a time gap of :35.
The Lady Eagles were led by Sophomore Kyra Drobny’s fifth place medal finish out of 146 runners. Freshman Allie Taylor was just two spots and seven seconds back from Kyra in seventh place, also grabbing a medal. Junior Kristen Howell, Junior Carnley Graham, and Senior Eleanor Jahant packed up to finish 12th, 13th and 14th respectively to seal the victory. Freshman Alexa Boushey also ran a great race in 25th place, and she was followed by Freshman Abby Williams, who finished 42nd. Freshman Mary Turner, Junior Rachel Birmingham, and Sophomore Mary Korth finished 57th, 62nd and 76th for the Eagles. It was a great team victory as the girls look toward the post season.
The guys scored 40 points to score the win ahead of McKinney North’s 73. Out of 164 runners, senior Ryan Cleary once again led the Eagles with his second place, silver medal finish. Also finishing in the top 10 with medals of their own, seniors Tanner Mann and Colton Barnes finished seventh and eighth respectively with one of their best races of the season. The next wave of Eagles sealed the victory for the team as junior Nelson Morrow, senior Alexander Toops and sophomore Justin McCoy crossed the line in 13th, 14th & 16th places, with season best times for each. Senior Adam Hornyak also had a good race in 21st place, and junior Aaron Meraz finished 23rd. Freshman Cutter Nielsen finished in 42nd, and senior Hunter Mann finished 64th. The guys are also looking sharp at the right time as they get ready for the District 9-4A showdown.
In the JV girls’ division, senior Jessica Mora led the way with her first cross country medal in ninth place. Freshman Jordyn Lewis continued to show great improvement with her 52nd place finish, followed closely by sophomore Miranda Dymond in 57th. Senior Erin Taylor also ran her best race of the year to finish in 62nd place.
Like the girls, the guys only had three runners in the JV division, but they competed well, led by junior Jared Rickman, who finished with a fifth place medal. He was tracked closely in 15th and 16th places respectively by freshmen Ryan Shirley and Scott Owens, with Scott setting a new personal best.