The Woodlands – The boys and girls Southlake Cross Country & Track Club teams both took 1st place at the Nike Cross Regional meet, earning the girls their 11th trip and the boys’ their 10th trip to the Nike Cross Nationals meet in Portland, Oregon on Dec 3.
The Nike Regional meet includes teams from five states and only the top two teams from each region qualify for the Nike Nationals meet.
Head Coach Justin Leonard said, “We are so proud of our teams performance yesterday. Our kids responded to the challenge and were able to perform and secure a spot at nationals. Our open race runners ran extremely well and this will help with the future of our program. This will be our 21st time to qualify (11 times for girls and 10 for boys) out of 13 years of existence.”
The championship girls team were led by Cate Tracht who came in 9th place followed by Gillian Mortimer who captured 12th place, Sofia Santamaria came in 19th place, Ali White took 24th place and Angie Riera came in 42nd to round out the scorers. Sarah McCabe and Ari Lopez also competed for the Southlake Girls team.
The championship boys team was led by Reed Brown who came in 2nd, narrowly missing the top spot by 1 second. He was followed by Charlie Gardner who came in 19th place, Nicolas Fernandes in 24th, Connor Rutledge in 61st and Evan Dunkel finished out the scoring positions coming in 63rd. Enzo Mortimer and Juan Arcilla rounded out the top 7 runners for the Southlake team.