Norco, CA (September 15, 2018) – The top runners of the Southlake Carroll Cross Country teams traveled to Norco, CA to compete at the 38th Annual Woodbridge Cross Country Classic, a fast 3-mile race held under the lights at night. The elite boys and girl’s teams faced tough competition from around the country and came away with some outstanding performances.
Head Coach Justin Leonard commented, “Our boys and girls teams competed hard in California against some of the best teams in the nation. We love having the opportunity to compete against national level competition. These types of races and experiences will pay dividends for our team and runners during the championship portion of our season.”
The Elite Varsity Dragon girls took 5th place in California and were led by junior Lydia Lo who came in 44th with a time of 17:17:20. Sofia Santamaria was right behind her in 45th place (17:17:40), Tatum Foreman came in next in 60th place (17:34), Grace Williamson came in 74th (17:47) and Payton Wichman rounded out the scoring positions with 85th place (17:54). Jenna Holland (18:08) and Kate Reppeto (18:09) completed the elite 7 runners for the Dragon girls.
The Elite Varsity Dragon boys faced tough competition and came away with a 6th place finish led by Junior Nate Lannen who took 17th overall and ran a 14:31. Next to cross the line for the Dragons was Drew Bliss in 40th place (14:48), Antonio Florcruz in 71st place (15:03), Henry Gardner was 85th (15:08) and Jack Myers completed the scoring positions with a 108th place finish (15:20). Vishnu Nair also competed and came in 154th (15:42).
The Varsity Dragon girls captured an inspiring 2nd place and were led by Riley Lackey in 23rd place, Abigail McIlvain was right behind 26th , Lauren Langenberg followed in 28th, Katherine Mcelaney in 33rd and Kaitlyn Rodysill finished in 41st. Rachel Nguyen (71st ) and Laurel Hook (75th) also competed.
The Varsity Elite and Varsity Dragons will use this next week off to train hard and prepare for the McNeil XC Invitational on Saturday the 29th in Round Rock, TX. The JV teams will split up next week and on Saturday the 22nd will either compete in Corpus Christi, TX at the Islander Splash or at the Coppell Invitational in Irving, TX.