LUBBOCK – The Carroll Girls and Boys Cross Country teams advanced to the State Championship race after qualifying at the Class 6A Region I Meet in Lubbock on Monday. For the 5th consecutive year, the boy’s team captured 1st place and a state meet bid, and for the 19th consecutive year, the Lady Dragons earned a spot in the championship state race.
The 3-mile course at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock is a tough one and known for its steep hills and tight turns but the Dragon runners rose to the occasion.
The state meet will be held Nov. 7 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
“Our goal for the regional meet is to advance and be ready to run our best race at the state meet and I believe we have achieved that,” Carroll coach Justin Leonard said. “Reed Brown and Alison Esparza had great individual performances. It’s an accomplishment for the boys to win 5 regional titles in a row and for the girls to qualify for the state meet 19 years in a row.”
In a field of 182 runners, the Carroll boys had all scoring runners finish in the top 25. Reed Brown took 2nd place, Charlie Gardner came in 17th, Michael Simcho 23rd, Michael Waugh 24th and Nicolas Fernandes finishes out the scoring positions in 25th place. Timou Toure (37th) and Shea Whatley (75th) also competed. The Dragon boy’s team scored 72 points, Flower Mound 151, Keller Central 155 and El Paso Eastwood 176 and all will advance to the Championship State Meet.
The Lady Dragons competed in a very close and tough field. They had three runners finish in the top 20, Alison Esparza (13th), Kayli Jones (16th) and Gillian Mortimer (18th). Close behind were Cate Tract in 21st place and Tig Archer in 23rd to complete the scoring runners. Olivia Arriaza (26th) and Sarah Odneal (28th) also competed. The Lady Dragons scored just 86 points to come in 3rd place. Also moving on to the state meet was 1st place Marcus (78 points), 2nd place Keller (78 points) and 4th place Lewisville Hebron (92 points).
13th – Alison Esparza 17:56 2nd – Reed Brown 14:53
16th – Kayli Jones 18:06 17th – Charlie Gardner 15:29
18th – Gillian Mortimer 18:16 23rd – Michael Simcho 15:35.0
21st – Cate Tracht 18:27 24th – Michael Waugh 15:35.7
23rd – Tig Archer 18:29 25th – Nicolas Fernandes 15:37
26th – Olivia Arriaza 18:32 37th – Timou Toure 15:52
28th – Sarah Odneal 18:35 75th – Shea Whatley 16:27