Dragon Runners Sweep UIL 6A District 5 Meet
Oct 26, 2016 08:01AM ● Published by Audrey Sellers
Varsity girls heading to regionals (from left): Sarah McCabe, Sofia Santamaria, Angie Riera, Cate Tracht, Ali White, Ari Lopez, Gillian Mortimer
For the sixth consecutive year, all four Carroll Cross Country teams placed first in the district meet, giving the Varsity teams a spot in the regional meet in Lubbock on October 29. Both the Varsity and JV teams dominated the field, with all four teams obtaining very low scores in this tremendously competitive new district. The top three schools advance to the regional meet.
“We are extremely happy with our runners’ performances at the District 6A – 5 meet. Our kids came ready to compete and put forth a solid effort. To be able to sweep this strong district speaks volumes about the depth and determination of this group,” said head coach Justin Leonard. “We will regroup with our Varsity teams and get ready for the remainder of our season heading into regionals. Our goal is still yet to be accomplished.”
The Varsity Lady Dragons all finished within the top 12 spots and scored a very low score of 31. Senior Gillian Mortimer finished in first place with a time of 18:02. Next crossing the line was Ali White (18:32) in fourth place, Catherine Tracht was next in seventh place (18:45), Sofia Santamaria took ninth (18:49) and Ari Lopez finished the scoring positions, coming in 10th at 19:13. Angie Riera and Sarah McCabe also competed for the Lady Dragon team, finishing 11th and 12th respectively.
The Varsity Dragon Boys also dominated their race with four of the runners placing in the top 10 and the team scoring only 35 points. Senior Reed Brown led the boys’ team and took first place with a time of 15:05. Charlie Gardner took fourth place running a 15:44, Nicolas Fernandes came in fifth with 15:58, Connor Rutledge came in eighth with a time of 16:13 and Evan Dunkel finished out the scoring positions in 17th place, running 16:33. Enzo Mortimer and Drew Bliss also competed, taking the 19th and 28th places respectively.
JV Dragons Reign Supreme
The JV Dragon boys showed how deep their talent goes by taking six of the top 10 spots and scoring only 28 points. They were by freshman Nate Lannen taking first place, Vishnu Nair fourth, Tyler Coleman fifth, Everett Kolto sixth and David Archer placed 12th to finish out the scoring positions. Lucas Levant (13th), Hayden Coleman (17thth), Matthew Sims (19th), Steven Torres (20th) and Henry Gardner (21st) completed the top 10 spots.
The JV Lady Dragons also had an impressive low score of 18 and had 10 of the top 20 spots and seven out of the top 10. Junior Lauren Esparza took the first-place spot, Kelley-Anne Richards second, Christina Canal fourth, Rima Toure fifth and Reagan Reilley took sixth place, rounding out the scoring positions. Paige Loehding took seventh, Delaney Drefs (10th), Callie Colvin (11th), Madalyn Wardin (12th) and Caitlin Mertz (17th) completed the top 10 spots.
The Southlake Carroll Cross Country Varsity teams will compete on October 29 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock in the highly competitive regional meet.