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Spring Sports Review: Cross Country

Apr 29, 2014 04:25PM ● By Dia

Season Update

Boys 5A State Champions

Girls 5A State Champions

The Dragons boys and girls cross-country teams did it again! It all started with both teams sweeping their way through district competition for the third straight year.  The Lady Dragons’ top five runners all qualified as a team and as individuals with each one finishing no later than seventh. The boys also placed as a team with seven runners in finishing in the top 17. Coach Justin Leonard’s teams showed no signs of letting up in regional competition with another sweep. They headed into the state meet in Round Rock as the odds-on favorites. The Dragons scored 80 points at the meet, besting second place College Park by five points. The Lady Dragons followed in similar fashion with a six-point defeat over New Braunfels. Despite losing their share of athletes to graduation, both teams hung in strong for the program’s third straight state championship. 

About the team 

Coach Leonard has a dynasty in the making with a program that continually replaces its roster with successful athletes. The program might have been looking for a three-peat, but the senior leaders just wanted to go out in style. At the regional boys meet, Jacob Pickle and fellow senior Connor Hendrickson finished one-two with times of 14:52.60 and 15:00:00, respectively. At the state meet, Pickle and Hendrickson came through again, both with top five finishes of 15:31:08 and 15:36:00. Eli Canal, Johnny Kemps, Ansel Richards, Brent Aydon and Luke Lanham finished with an impressive showing as they all placed in the top one-third of competitors.

 For the Lady Dragons, sophomore Antigone Archer was the first to cross the line, finishing fourth with 18:20:51 and followed shortly thereafter by a trio of seniors. Samantha Young and Katherine Burnham closed out their careers in consecutive fashion, almost holding hands as they crossed the tape with times of 18:51:48 and 18:51:78 — good for 10th and 11th place. Fellow senior Haley McFadden literally out-ran herself, placing fifth despite being the team’s number seven runner. Her strong finish helped the team take home yet another state championship. Moriah Dadson, Arianna Lopez and Kayli Jones all had solid finishes that led to the top-placing team.



Coach Justin Leonard has a dynasty in the making with a program that continually replaces its roster with successful athletes.

Head coach: Justin Leonard

Assistant coaches: Niki Gilley, Brandon Rogers



Varsity Girls

Antigone Archer     Sophomore

Ari Lopez                   Freshman

Haley McFadden     Senior

Katie Burnham        Senior

Kayli Jones                Sophomore

Moriah Dodson       Senior

Sam Young               Senior


Varsity Boys

Ansel Richards         Junior

Brent Aydon             Senior

Connor Hendrickson           Senior

Eli Canal                    Junior

Jacob Pickle              Senior

Johnny Kemps          Junior

Luke Lanham           Junior