The championship Carroll Cross Country boys team earned a highly coveted spot at Nike Cross Nationals Meet in Portland, OR on December 1st while the girls earned a 3rd place finish in this extremely competitive Nike Regionals club meet.
The boys’ team finished in 2nd place with 137 points behind El Paso while the girls’ team finished behind Flower Mound (1st) and Prosper (2nd). This will be the 9th consecutive year and the 12th trip for the boys to the Nationals meet in Portland while this marks the conclusion of the girls’ season for the year.
The Nike Regional meet includes teams from five states and only the top two teams from this and each regional meet from around the country qualify for the Nike Nationals meet. The remaining runners from the Southlake XC and Track Club ran in the open races with some very impressive results as well.
Of the 101 Boys Teams and 908 competitors racing in the Boys Open races, the Open 1 Boys “B” Team placed 1st overall while the Open 1 “C” Team placed 5th. Not to be outdone, of the 62 teams and 577 individual racers competing in the Girls Open events, the Girls Open 1 “B” Team also placed 1st overall while the Open 1 “C” Team placed 3rd.
Head Coach Justin Leonard said, “I’m so proud of the way our kids competed at NXR. To be able to qualify in boys for NXN was special. We are also proud of the way our girls competed to place 3rd. Both of our teams won the open division races which is a great thing and shows the depth of our program.”
“I would like to thank our kids, parents, school administrators, and community for the continued support over the years. This is what makes Carroll a special place.”
The championship boys’ team was led by Junior Nate Lannen who came in 5th overall. He was followed by Jack Meyers in 13th, Steven Torres in 36th, Henry Gardner in 39th and Drew Bliss finishing out the scoring positions coming in 44th. Tim McElaney (53rd) and Antonio Florcruz (81st) rounded out the top 7 runners for the Southlake team.
The championship girls’ team was led by Junior Lydia Lo who came in 17th place overall, followed by Sofia Santamaria who captured 20th place, with Payton Wichman coming in behind her in 28th. Grace Williamson finished in the 32nd spot and Tatum Foreman placed in 58th to round out the scorers. Lauren Langenberg (83rd) and Riley Lackey (116th) also competed for the Southlake Girls’ team.