Sunday, September 19, 2021

Southlake Track Club Competes at Nike Cross Nationals

nike_bPORTLAND, OREGON – Southlake Cross Country & Track Club’s top 7 boys and top 7 girls teams competed against the best runners in the nation at Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon on Saturday.

The girls came away with 9th in the nation and the boys took 11th in the nation. This is the 13th year that Nike has hosted this prestigious meet for the top two boys and top two girls teams in each of the eight regions around the country. Morning rain and temperatures in the mid-40’s were familiar conditions for these runners as they navigated the race at the Glendover Golf Course filled with hills and plenty of mud.

The girls’ team entered the race as the South Region champions and placed 9th, moving up 6 spots over last year. Gillian Mortimer came across the finish line first for the girls team, coming in 47th place overall. Next was Cate Tracht coming in 57th place, Sofia Santamaria came in 111th, Ali White placed 121st, Angie Riera 129th, Ari Lopez 152nd and Sarah McCabe 174th.

The boys’ team placed 11th, moving up 5 spots from last year and were led by Reed Brown who came in 6th place overall, earning him All-American honors. Charlie Gardner crossed the line next for the Southlake boys in 62nd place, Nicolas Fernandes came in 112th place, Evan Dunkel was next in 139th, Connor Rutledge 146th, Enzo Mortimer 170th and Juan Arcilla 190th.

Head Coach Justin Leonard said, “Nike Nationals is an unbelievable event and the best way possible to cap off a season. We are extremely proud of the way our teams competed and finished amongst the nations best. With the girls finishing 9th and the boys 11th in the country we were able to secure a 2nd place program finish. I’m extremely proud of our seniors and Reed Brown for his 6th place All-American finish.”

Cross Country Teams Finish Second at UIL Class 6A State Meet

ROUND ROCK – The Carroll Boys & Girls Cross Country teams earned 2nd place finishes at the Class 6A State Championship in Round Rock, TX. Renovations to Old Settlers Park meant the runners had to navigate a new and challenging course, but both the boys and the girls came away with a podium finish.

Carroll coach Justin Leonard said, “We are extremely proud of our teams efforts at the state meet yesterday. I’m so proud of this senior class and the dedication they have shown throughout their four years in the program. Even though we came up a little short of the goal, the impact these kids have left will last and carry on for the next generation of Dragon runners. The journey has been fun and the quest for excellence will continue. Thank you to all of our parents, teachers, coaches and community leaders for their continued support. We will be back and ready for the next journey.”

It was a repeat of last year’s state meet with the Dragon boys coming away with 2nd, behind The Woodlands. Senior Reed Brown came in 4th overall, Nicolas Fernandes finished next for the Dragons in 11th place. Charlie Gardner was the next scoring Dragon, coming in 36th place followed by Evan Dunkel grabbing 54th and Enzo Mortimer took 92nd to finish out the scoring positions. Connor Rutledge came in 113th place and Juan Arcila took 141st, completing the varsity team.

The Lady Dragons had a repeat of last year also, coming in 2nd place. Their team was led by senior Gillian Mortimer who took 4th place, followed by Ali White grabbing 20th, Sofia Santamaria came in 25th, Angie Riera was 36th and Ari Lopez was 50th, finishing out the scoring positions. Sarah McCabe was 69th and Cate Tracht came in 76th to complete the varsity team.


Boys                                                                            Girls

4th – Reed Brown (14:56)                                                4th – Gillian Mortimer (17:32)

11th – Nicholas Fernandes (15:20)                                   20th – Ali White (18:25)

36st – Charlie Gardner (15:49)                                         25th – Sofia Santamaria (18:33)

54th – Evan Dunkel (16:04)                                              36th – Angie Riera (18:47)

92nd – Enzo Mortimer (16:26)                                          50th – Ari Lopez (18:56)

113th – Connor Rutledge (16:49)                                      69th – Sarah McCabe (19:13)

141st – Juan Arcila (17:35)                                              76th – Cate Tracht (19:23)

Dragon Cross Country Runner Commits to National Power

ReedBrownCarroll Dragon senior Reed Brown has decided where he will continue his running career.

Brown has given a verbal commitment to national power Oregon to run cross country and track. Brown is regarded as one of the top distance runners in the nation.

Last season, Brown produced a memorable year. He was named the Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year and broke a 29-year-old record in the 3,200 meters. Last week, Brown led the Dragons to the District 5-6A championship and the team now prepares for the Region I meet.

Brown follows in the successful athletic footsteps of his older brothers – former Carroll standouts Kris and Drew. Kris was an All-Pro kicker and played 12 years in the NFL. Drew is the current place kicker for the No. 7-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers.


Lady Dragons Take First Place at Dragon XC Classic

xc_16The Carroll Cross Country teams hosted the 1st Annual Carroll Dragon XC Classic on Saturday amidst fall-like temperatures and a muddy course. The Lady Dragons dominated, taking first place for both varsity and JV and nine Dragon runners finished as National Elites.

Carroll Justin Leonard said, “The Carroll Cross Country Program would like to thank all of our parent volunteers, the City of Southlake and everyone involved with making our meet a success. There were over 1,500 runners that participated and we were able to provide a great running environment for all participants. Our cross country teams put together strong performances and we are excited for the post season. It’s time to step up and start running fast.”

The varsity girls took 1st place and were led by senior Gillian Mortimer who took 4th place with a time of 18:14. Next was Ali White who crossed the line in 9th place at 18:52, then Cate Tracht in 10th place at 18:57, Ari Lopez was next in 11th place at 19:01 and Sofia Santamaria was the final scorer in 12th place with a time of 19:02.

The varsity boys came in 3rd place and were led by senior Nicolas Fernandes in 10th place with a time of 16:17. Connor Rutledge was next in 19th place with a 16:24, Evan Dunkel crossed next in 34th place at 16:58, Enzo Mortimer was next in 39th place with a 17:03 and Drew Bliss completed the scoring positions, coming in 45th place at 17:06.

Varsity Boys
10th – Nicolas Fernandes 16:17 (pictured right)
19th – Connor Rutledge 16:24
36th – Evan Dunkel 16:58
42nd – Enzo Mortimer 17:03
48th – Drew Bliss 17:06
57th – David Archer 17:10.18
58th – Nate Lannen 17:10.44
67th – Jackson Felkins 17:15
73rd – Vishnu Nair 17:18
79th – Everett Kolto 17:23

Varsity Girls
4th – Gillian Mortimer 18:14
9th – Ali White 18:52 (pictured top)
10th – Cate Tracht 18:57
11th – Ari Lopez 19:01
12th – Sofia Santamaria 19:02
18th – Angie Riera 19:15
20th – Sarah McCabe 19:22
27th – Rima Toure 19:46
30th –Lauren Esparza 19:53
45th –Regan Reilley 20:11

Dragon Cross Country Teams Take 1st & 2nd

A portion of the Carroll Cross Country team traveled to Corpus Christi for their annual trip to the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelina Invitational, where the girls took 1st place and the boys came away with 2nd place. The rest of the boys and girls teams competed at the Colleyville Heritage Invitational.

Leading the Lady Dragons In Kingsville to an impressive low score of 29 points was Lydia Lo (20:18), who came in 3rd place. Next to cross the line was Kelley Anne Richards (20:22) in 4th place, Delaney Drefs (20:37) came in 6th, Callie Colvin (20:53) was next in 7th place and Madalyn Wardin (21:02) finished out the scoring positions, coming in 10th place.

The boys came away with a 2nd place finish, missing 1st by only 4 points, and were led by Jackson Felkins (16:32) who came in 4th place. Next was Everett Kolto (16:41) in 6th place, Hayden Coleman (16:47.37) 8th place, Brett Naughton (16:47.99) 9th place and Matthew Sims (17:06) in 14th to round out the top 5.

Colleyville Heritage Invitational

Carroll Cross Country had teams compete in both the Varsity and JV divisions of the small meet in Colleyville on Saturday and came away with some great performances. The Varsity competitors took 2nd place and the JV teams took 1st.

Carroll Cross Country Head Coach Justin Leonard said, “The trip to the Javelina Invitational was a fun experience for our kids. Our runners ran a great race and then enjoyed a little time on the beach afterwards. So proud of the kids effort at both the Javelina and Colleyville Heritage meets.”

Dragons are back on the course Oct. 1 with the Varsity traveling to the highly competitive Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, AR and the JV Dragon runners in Keller at the Timbercreek Invitational.

Elite Dragon Teams Compete in California


Dragon senior runner Charlie Gardner

NORCO, CALIF. – The top runners of the Southlake Carroll Cross Country teams traveled to Norco, Calif. to compete at the 36th Annual Woodbridge Cross Country Classic, a 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 said, “The Woodbridge Cross Country Classic was a great event and provided a great experience for our runners to compete in. Our goal is to run against some of the best competition, not just in the state but nationally, as well. We had some great performances and we can build upon this for the rest of the season.”

The Elite Dragon girls took an impressive 3rd place in California and were led by junior Cate Tracht who captured 10th place with time of 16:49.0. Gillian Mortimer was right behind with an 11th place finish (16:49.07), Ali White came in next in 37th place (17:26), Sophia Santamaria was 60th (17:52) and Sarah McCabe rounded out the scoring positions with 63rd place (17:53). Ari Lopez (17:54) Angie Riera (18:18) completed the elite 7 runners for the Dragon girls.

The Elite Dragon boys faced tough competition and came away with 6th place finish led by senior Reed Brown who took 3rd overall and ran a 14:11. Next to cross the line for the Dragons was Charlie Gardner in 41st place (14:57.1), Nicholas Fernandes was close behind in 44th place (14:57.7), Connor Rutledge was 84th (15:20) and Garrett Gabriel completed the scoring positions with a 140th place finish (15:46). Evan Dunkel also competed and came in 155th (15:54).

The Varsity Dragon girls captured an inspiring 2nd place and were led by Cristina Canal in 11th place, Lauren Esparza right behind in 12th, Regan Reilley in 13th, Rima Toure in 19th, Riley Lackey in 30th place and Jenna Holland 87th place.

The Dragon Varsity Boys came away with a 5th place finish and were led by Drew Bliss in 15th place, Henry Gardner took 29th, Jack Myers was right behind in 30th, followed quickly by Nate Lannen in 31st, Tyler Coleman came in 42nd, David Archer 59th and Vishnu Nair in 70th place.

The Elite and Varsity Dragons will use this next week off to train hard and prepare for the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, AR on October 1. The JV teams will split up next week and compete in Kingsville at the Javelina XC Classic and in Colleyville at the Colleyville Heritage Invite.


Lady Dragon Runners Take 4th Place at Southlake Invitational

ccxcThe 12th Annual Southlake Invitational was held Saturday at Bob Jones Park after a two-hour rain and lightning delay.

This has become one of the state’s supreme races and it was only the second year for runners to compete at this new venue. Some of Carroll’s top boy and girl runners had a scheduled week off and did not compete. Varsity Girls took 4th place and Varsity Boys took 10th.

Carroll Cross Country Head Coach Justin Leonard said, “We would like to thank all of our volunteers, the Southlake Parks and Recreation Department and all of the participants/coaches for their help with this event. This was a great meet for us and allowed us the opportunity to run some of our JV runners in the varsity division, which will help us in the future. We were really proud of the way our kids competed.”

Dragon Varsity Girls Take 4th Place
The Varsity Girls were led by freshman Rima Toure in 34th place (20:13), sophomore Riley Lackey in 41st (20:21), sophomore Kelley-Anne Richards followed in 49th place (20:36), freshman Lydia Lo placed 55th (20:46) and freshman Delaney Drefs took 61st place (20:51) to complete the 5 scoring positions. There were a total of 184 varsity girl runners.

Dragon Varsity Boys Take 10th Place
The Varsity boys team took 10th, led by freshman Nate Lannen 52nd with a time of 17:06, sophomore Henry Gardner was 53rd (17:07), sophomore Vishnu Nair took 71st place (17:22), senior David Archer came in next for the Dragons with a 88th place finish (17:35) and sophomore Hayden Coleman took the 95th spot (17:39) to complete the top five Carroll runners out of 232 varsity boys participants.

The Carroll Cross Country Varsity Teams will be competing in Norco, CA next week at the Woodbridge XC Classic.

Southlake Invitational Top Ten Results

Boys Varsity
52nd – Nate Lannen – 17:06
53rd – Henry Gardner – 17:07
71st – Vishnu Nair – 17:22
88th – David Archer – 17:35
95th – Hayden Coleman – 17:39
117th – Everett Kolto – 17:50
118th – Jackson Felkins – 17:51.29
121st – Brett Naughton – 17:51.88
124th – Christopher Duffy – 17:52
125th – Nicholas Arriaza – 17:53

Girls Varsity
34th – Rima Toure – 20:13
41st – Riley Lackey – 20:21
49th – Kelley-Anne Richards – 20:36
55th – Lydia Lo – 20:46
61st – Delaney Drefs – 20:51
79th – Madalyn Wardin – 21:14
87th – Callie Colvin – 21:27
91st – Caitlyn Midkiff – 21:35
95th – Audrey Kwentus – 21:41
96th – Katherine Hosler – 21:42

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Double Dragons: Cross Country Teams Capture Back-To-Back Titles

ROUND ROCK – It was a title defense that was twice as nice for the Carroll Dragon boys’ and girls’ cross country teams. The program continues to make history as both teams captured Class 5A state championships in commanding fashion last Saturday morning at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock. Carroll earned back-to-back state titles for the boys and girls.

The Lady Dragons won by an impressive 63 points ahead of Humble Kingwood and were led by Courtney Kriegshauser, who finished fifth overall. She was one of four Lady Dragons who placed in the top 10 to help carry the team to the crown. Shelby Chapin was seventh overall followed by Elena Arriaza in eighth and Antigone Archer in 10th.  Carroll’s top four runners were 12 seconds apart. Maddie Keen finished 17th. The state championship was the 6th for the Lady Dragons in Class 5A, further entrenching their powerhouse status.

The Dragons won by 44 points over The Woodlands and were led by Nate Sullivan, who finished third overall to lead a pack of four Carroll runners who placed in the top 10. Joe Sansone was fourth overall, six seconds behind Sullivan. Trevor Gilley was sixth and Connor Hendrickson was eighth. All four runners were within 18 seconds of each other. Eli Canal finished 17th. It marked the second state title for the boys’ program.

Round Rock Return: Carroll Cross Country Teams Look For Repeat

The Carroll Dragon boys’ and girls’ cross country teams are set to defend their Class 5A state titlesSaturday in Round Rock.

Both teams earned the Region I championships last Saturday at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock as they dominated the three-mile course. The state meet will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. The 5A girls’ race begins at 9 a.m. and the boys’ race starts at 9:30 a.m.

“I’m very proud of both, the boys’ and girls’ teams,” Carroll cross country coach Justin Leonard said.  “They really stepped up today and came out to the course here in Lubbock and punched their ticket to the state meet.  They have been waiting for this week for a year now.”

With nearly 200 regional competitors, the Lady Dragons won the title with 39 team points, followed by Marcus with 99 points and Hebron with 103. The Carroll boys brought home the first-place finish with 35 team points, followed by Marcus with 111 points and El Paso Eastwood with 113. The top runners for the boys was Joe Sansone, who finished third. Nate Sullivan took fourth overall, Conner Hendrickson was seventh and Trevor Gilley was eighth as the team produced four runners in the top 10.

Courtney Kriegshauser led the Lady Dragons with a second-place finish, Shelby Chapin was third and Tig Archer was ninth rounding out the top-10 finishers for the team.