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Carroll Sports in Review: Cross Country

Feb 20, 2015 12:12PM ● By Dia


Leaving behind a legacy that will be hard to follow, the Carroll girls and boys team had quite a year competing for Head Coaches Nicki Gilley and Justin Leonard. As the seniors came into the year with much to accomplish, plenty of goals were reached for both teams. Senior Eli Canal finish d his Dragon career on a high note finishing second on the team in the state meet and 20th overall with a time of 16:06.61 in the 5000 meter. Senior Ansel Richards also finished his Dragon career with a flourish, improving all of his times from his junior year, ultimately finishing 34th at the state finale. On the girl’s side, senior Rianna Randolph completed the last chapter of her cross country story pacing the Lady Dragons at the state meet.

As the seniors handled their business, there’s also much to look forward to with the underclassmen moving through the program. Carroll sophomore Reed Brown led the way for the Dragons this season. After a stellar freshman campaign in 2013, the sophomore ended the 2014 season finishing seventh out of 149 in the state meet. Junior Kayli Jones also put it all together this season, improving in 2014, never finishing over 19 minutes in the 5000 meter. With this type of talent left in the fold, there’s no telling what could come for the Dragons next season.

The 2014 cross country season was a great season and one that was fun to be a part of. This year the word team really comes to mind when describing it. The boys and girls really persevered throughout the season and were able to reach numerous goals along the way. We are really proud of this senior class and the legacy they have left behind for future classes to follow.” - Head Coach Justin Leonard


One of the more consistent programs in Dragon Country, the Carroll Cross Country team had quite a year in 2014. Competing hard and persevering through a grueling season, the Boys Cross Country team finish d the year as the 6A State Cross Country Champions, as well as the top team in Nike Regional competition. Winning their fourth consecutive state championship, Southlake’s boys team left nothing on the table defeating the next nearest opponent Conroe The Woodlands by 11 points, finishing with a score of 94. Dominating the competition throughout the year Justin Leonard’s team placed first in seven out of 10 of their meets this season. Once again, the team finish d their season with the honor of competing at the prestigious Nike Nationals in Oregon where they finish d 19th place amongst the top teams in the country.
Just as consistent and successful over the years, the girl’s team also had a 2014 season worth remembering. Placing fourth in the state meet, and fifth in the Nike Regional Meet respectively, the Carroll girl’s team put together yet another successful season, as expectations remain high. Finishing first in four out of their 10 meets, the girl’s team had top ten finish s in each meet this season and have plenty to look forward to in 2015.

Head Coach: Justin Leonard
Assistant Coach: Niki Gilley


Reed Brown So.

Eli Canal Sr.

Ansel Richards Sr.

Johnny Kemps Sr.

Timou Toure Jr.

Michael Waugh Jr.

Eric Karl II Jr.

Luke Lanham Sr.


Rianna Randolph Sr.

Kayli Jones Jr.

Gillian Mortimer So.

Sarah Odneal Sr.

Catherine Tracht Jr.

Sarah McCabe Fr.

Arianna Lopez So.