Dragon Runners Surge Ahead at Nike Cross Regionals, Head to Nike Nationals
Nov 22, 2016 07:43AM
● By Audrey Sellers
Championship Boys Team (from left top): Reed Brown, Connor Rutledge, Evan Dunkel, Enzo Mortimer, Juan Arcilla, Charlie Gardner, Nicolas Fernandes
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The boys and girls Southlake Cross Country & Track Club teams both took first place at the Nike Cross Regional meet, earning the girls their 11th trip and the boys’ their 10th trip to the Nike Cross Nationals meet in Portland, Oregon, on December 3. The Nike Regional meet includes teams from five states and only the top two teams from each region qualify for the Nike Nationals meet.
“We are so proud of our teams’ performance yesterday. Our kids responded to the challenge and were able to perform and secure a spot at nationals,” said head coach Justin Leonard. “Our open race runners ran extremely well and this will help with the future of our program. This will be our 21st time to qualify (11 times for girls and 10 for boys) out of 13 years of existence.”
The championship girls team were led by Cate Tracht who came in ninth place followed by Gillian Mortimer who captured 12th place, Sofia Santamaria came in 19th place, Ali White took 24th place and Angie Riera came in 42nd to round out the scorers. Sarah McCabe and Ari Lopez also competed for the Southlake Girls team.
The championship boys team was led by Reed Brown who came in second, narrowly missing the top spot by one second. He was followed by Charlie Gardner who came in 19th place, Nicolas Fernandes in 24th, Connor Rutledge in 61st and Evan Dunkel finished out the scoring positions coming in 63rd. Enzo Mortimer and Juan Arcilla rounded out the top seven runners for the Southlake team.