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Dragon Runners Advance to the Top at Weekend Meets

Oct 03, 2016 08:44AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Varsity girls from left: Cate Tracht, Sara McCabe, Sophia Santamaria, Angie Riera, Gillian Mortimer, Ali White and Ari Lopez

Carroll Cross Country had another winning weekend. The varsity Dragons traveled to the 28th Annual Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where more than 120 high school teams competed in one of the country’s premier running events. The JV Dragons competed at the Falcon Fast Invitational in Keller, where teams in both the Varsity and JV divisions came away with solid performances.

Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival - Varsity

The varsity boy’s team took first place in this extremely competitive race. Reed Brown led the way, taking first place with an impressive time of 14:41, followed by Charlie Gardner in ninth place at 15:34. Next was Nicholas Fernandes in 24th place with a 15:53; coming in 40th was Connor Rutledge at 16:05 and rounding out the top was Evan Dunkel in 60th place with a 16:17.

The varsity girl’s team placed second at the Chile Pepper Festival, missing the top spot by only two points behind Keller High School. Sophia Santamaria led the Lady Dragons coming in 13th place with a time of 18:27, followed closely by Gillian Mortimer in 14th place at 18:29. Next was Cate Tracht in 19th place with a 18:43, coming in 21st was Angie Riera at 18:50 and Ari Lopez completed the top 5 with a 23rd place finish and a time of 18:57.

“The Chile Pepper Festival is one of our favorite meets of the year. It's a great course and race environment,” said head coach Justin Leonard. “We had some outstanding performances and some areas that we can improve upon in the future. Nobody remembers how well you ran in early October. It matters how you run in November.”

Falcon Fast Invitational – JV

The JV teams competed in both the Varsity and JV Divisions at the Falcon Fast Invitational. The varsity boys competitors took fifth and the varsity girls placed seventh. The JV girls came away with first place and a low score of 27, while the JV boys took second place.

CHILE PEPPER CROSS COUNTRY FESTIVAL – Boys Top 10 Results

1st – Reed Brown – 14:41

9th – Charlie Gardner – 15:34

23rd – Nicholas Fernandes – 15:53

39th – Connor Rutledge – 16:05

58th – Evan Dunkel   16:17

104th – Enzo Mortimer – 16:39

117th – Nate Lannen – 16:43.12

120th – Vishnu Nair – 16:43.73

132nd  – Jack Myers – 16:49

158th – Jackson Felkins – 16:59

CHILE PEPPER CROSS COUNTRY FESTIVAL – Girls Top 10 Results

13th – Sophia Santamaria – 18:27

14th – Gillian Mortimer – 18:29

19th – Cate Tracht – 18:43

21st – Angie Riera – 18:50

23rd – Ari Lopez – 18:57

33rd – Ali White – 19:22

35th – Sarah McCabe – 19:24

39th – Lauren Esparza – 19:27

47th – Regan Reilley – 19:38

59th – Rima Toure – 19:46

FALCON FAST INVITATIONAL – Boys Top Results

Varsity

15th – Brett Naughton – 16:55

23rd – Nick Arriaza – 17:12

39th – Duncan Brown – 17:39

48th – Ryan Sanders – 17:51

54th – Chris Duffy – 17:58

JV

3rd – Steven Torres – 17:47

9th – Wyatt Packard – 17:55

11th – Lucas Levant – 17:58

14th – Eric Rose – 18:12

18th – Matthew Esparza – 18:16

FALCON FAST INVITATIONAL – Girls Top Results

Varsity

25th – Callie Colvin – 20:52

32nd – Tatum Foreman – 21:00

34th – Jordan Fleming - 21:-03

39th – Caitlyn Midkiff – 21:18

42nd – Alexa Karmis – 21:21

JV

3rd – Hannah Morrison – 21:22

4th – Kara Kushwaha – 21:35

5th – Kate Hosler – 21:37

7th – Audrey Kwentus – 21:49

8th – Haiden Scarborough – 21:52

Next up, the Dragon Cross Country teams will host the Carroll Dragon XC Classic on October 8 in Southlake.