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Elite Dragon Runners Compete Against the Best in California

Sep 21, 2016 07:42AM ● Published by Audrey Sellers

The top runners of the Southlake Carroll Cross Country teams traveled to Norco, California, to compete at the 36th Annual Woodbridge Cross Country Classic, a three-mile race held under the lights at night. The elite boys and girls teams faced tough competition from around the country and came away with some outstanding performances.

“The Woodbridge Cross Country Classic was a great event and provided a great experience for our runners to compete in,” said head coach Justin Leonard in a press release. “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 third 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 seven runners for the Dragon girls. 

The Elite Dragon boys faced tough competition and came away with a sixth-place finish led by senior Reed Brown who took third 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 second 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, Arkansas, on October 1.  The JV teams will split up next week and compete in Kingsville, Texas, at the Javelina XC Classic and in Colleyville at the Colleyville Heritage Invite.

Pictured (from left): Coach Justin Leonard and Elite Dragon Girls Angie Riera, Ari Lopez, Sarah McCabe, Gillian Mortimer, Cate Tracht, Ali White, Sophia Santamaria

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