From Staff Reports
The Eagle Cross Country teams raced at the Ken Garland Invitational at the University of North Texas on Saturday as they gear up for the homestretch of the season. The varsity girls finished in second place, and the varsity guys finished fourth, both squads competing in the Elite Division. There were several personal best performances, showing that the Eagle runners are sharpening up at the right time.
The Lady Eagles ran a great team race and beat some quality 5A teams in the process. Justin Northwest won the meet with 51 points, and the Eagles were second with 79, well ahead of Keller and Colleyville Heritage with 117 and 149 points respectively. Sophomore Kyra Drobny ran a strong race and was the first to cross for the Eagles, finishing with a medal in 12th place out of 102 runners. She was closely tracked by the stellar efforts of junior Kristen Howell and freshman Allie Taylor, who finished 15th and 16th respectively. Senior Eleanor Jahant had one of her best races of the season, finishing in 23rd place, and freshman Alexa Boushey continued to show solid improvement finishing in a solid 38th place. Freshman Abby Williams also had a great race, finishing in 51st place in one of her best times of the season. The breakthrough performance of the week probably goes to sophomore Mary Korth, who covered the 5k course in 23:03 for 70th place, almost a minute faster than her previous personal best. Mary Turner and Rachel Birmingham finished 79th and 89th for the varsity ladies.
Senior Ryan Cleary continued his solid season on Saturday as he led the way for the Eagles with a medal in 13th place out of 100 runners. Seniors Tanner Mann, Alexander Toops, and Adam Hornyak finished with their best team races of the season in 33rd, 37th and 39th places, followed closely by junior Nelson Morrow just 10 seconds back in 45th place. Senior Colton Barnes was 55th, and sophomore Justin McCoy was 57th with another personal best. The guys’ breakthrough performance of the week was turned in by freshman Cutter Nielsen, who knocked over 30 seconds off his personal best finishing in 61st place. Junior Jared Rickman and senior Aaron Meraz battled through injuries but finished strong for the Eagles.
Senior Jessica Mora led the JV girls, also in the varsity 3200 division, in just her second cross country race. Sophomore Miranda Dymond and freshman Jordyn Lewis also ran personal bests.
Senior Hunter Mann led the charge for the JV guys, who ran in the varsity division. Hunter ran a huge season best to lead the way in 57th place out of almost 200 runners, and he was followed closely by freshman Ryan Shirley, who continued his steady progress with a personal best of his own in 73rd place. Freshman Scott Owens ran another solid race and finished with yet another personal best, and he was tracked by sophomore Cowdy Staton with a huge personal best of his own. Grant Turner rounded out the scoring for the guys with a personal best as well.
The Eagle Cross Country will make the trip down to Norbuck Park in Dallas this Saturday for the Jesuit XC Invitational.