Sunday, September 19, 2021

Cross Country Teams Race to District Titles


Dragon runners (left to right) Charlie Gardner, Eric Karl, Ansel Richards, Luke Lanham, Reed Brown, Eli Canal and Timou Toure.

GRAPEVINE – For the fourth consecutive year, all four Dragon Cross Country teams placed first in the District 7-6A meet, giving the varsity teams a spot in the Regional meet in Lubbock this week. The top three schools in the varsity boys and girls divisions advance to the Regional meet in Lubbock on Friday.

“As a program, we are very excited and pleased with our district performances,” Carroll coach Justin Leonard said.  “To win all four divisions in a 6A district is a great accomplishment.  Scoring 20 points in both varsity divisions and perfect scoring both JV divisions speaks volumes to the amount of work and dedication that our kids put into this program.  However, this is just one goal that we have accomplished and we need to keep pushing forward to our upcoming regional meet.”

The Lady Dragons’ top five scoring runners finished in the top 10 led by the district champion, Sarah Odneal with a time of 18:51.  Gillian Mortimer was just seconds behind grabbing second place with a time of 18:53, Ari Lopez took fourth with 19:16, Rianna Randolph came in sixth running a 19:24 and Kayli Jones rounded out the scoring positions with a seventh-place finish and a time of 19:32.  Sarah McCabe and Antigone Archer also competed for the Lady Dragon team.

The Dragons also dominated their race taking spots 2-8 and were led by Eli Canal who took second place with a time of 15:44. Reed Brown finished third running a 15:58, Timou Toure came in fourth with 16:03, Eric Karl was fifth with a time of 16:16 and Ansel Richards finished out the scoring positions in sixth place running a 16:19. Charlie Gardner and Luke Lanham also ran taking the seventh and eighth, respectively.

The JV Dragon boys showed how deep their talent goes by taking 17 of the top 20 spots and nine of the top 10 places. Perfect scoring their race, the JV boys were led by Michael Waugh taking 1st place, Eric Vetere 2nd, Chase Haddock 3rd, Jeremy Gonzales 4th and Juan Arcila 5th to finish out the scoring positions.

The JV Lady Dragons also scored a perfect 15 and had 17 of the top 20 spots and 9 out of the top 10.  They were led by Catherine Tracht who took the 1st place spot, Allison Esparza 2nd, Ali White 3rd, Chantal Van Der Westhuizen 4th and Sophie Watson rounded out the scoring positions taking 5th place.