The Carroll Dragon Elite boys and girls cross country teams faced tough completion at the 37th Annual Clovis Invitational in Fresno, Calif. with and a course filled with hills and sand and came away with some strong performances.
The Elite Dragon girls took an impressive 3rd place in California and were led by senior Allison Esparza who captured 23rd place with time of 18:27 on this very tough 5k course. Tig Archer was close behind with a 25th place finish (18:31), Gillian Mortimer came in next in 33rd place (18:43), Sarah Odneal was in 36th place (18:49) and Kayli Jones rounded out the scoring positions with 38th place (18:50). Catherine Tracht (19:00), Ali White (19:20) and Ari Lopez (19:36) complete the Elite 8 runners for the Dragon girls.
The Varsity Dragon girls ran with determination and were led by Olivia Arriaza in 5th place, Angie Riera coming in 45th, Sarah McCabe in 59th, Lauren Esparza in 60th and Gabrielle Bigalke in 85th place.
The Elite Dragons boys came away with an 11th place finish and were led by junior Reed Brown who took 13th place (15:32). Michael Simcho finished next in 40th place (16:04), Michael Waugh came in 68th (16:17), Nic Fernandes placed 87th (16:32) and Juan Arcila took 109th (16:45) to finish out the top 5. Also competing was Timou Toure with a 17:15 finish.
The Dragon Varsity Boys battled the tough course and had Connor Rutledge come in 62nd place, followed by Chase Haddock in 78th, David Archer in 110th, Sam Kemps in 151st and Jackson Felkins in 162nd place.