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.
6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
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)
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.