The Carroll Dragon cross country teams swept the district championship for the third consecutive year. The top three Carroll varsity teams advances to the Class 5A Region I meet in Lubbock along with the top 10 runners individually.
“We are very proud of the performance and effort that our Dragons displayed by winning all four divisions at the District Meet,” Carroll cross country coach Justin Leonard said. “We need to put this win in our rear view mirror and start focusing on the Regional Meet. We like to say its time to start hauling when the leaves start falling.”
The Lady Dragons top five scoring runners placed in the top 10 and qualifying as a team and individual. Crossing the finish line together in second, third and fourth – Katie Burnham, Sam Young and Tig Archer (18:55), fifht place was Moriah Dadson and Kayli Jones grabbed seventh place to complete the scoring and top 10 runners. Freshman, Ari Lopez finished with an impressive 12th place (20:02) and senior Haley McFadden 25th place. The Lady Dragons team scored 21 points.
The Dragon Varsity Boys first place finish was led by seniors Jacob Pickle and Connor Hendrickson. Pickle left the pack with 400 meters to go and had a PR and course record of 15:17, Connor Hendrickson with a close third (15:28), always a strong finisher was Eli Canal in sixth (15:35), Luke Lanham 13th (16:29), Ansel Richards 15th (16:41), Brent Aydon 16th (16:42), and Johnny Kemps 17th (16:45). The Dragons advance to Regionals with their 1st place finish and team score of 38.
The Region I meet will be held Nov. 2 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. The top three teams and top 10 individuals advance to the state meet Nov. 9.