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Southlake Runners Compete at Nike Cross Nationals

Dec 05, 2016 01:02PM ● By Audrey Sellers

From left: Coach Justin Leonard, Sarah McCabe, Angie Riera, Gillian Mortimer, Ari Lopez, Sofia Santamaria, Cate Tracht, Ali White

Southlake Cross Country & Track Club’s top seven boys and top seven girls teams competed against the best runners in the nation at Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday. The girls came away with ninth in the nation and the boys took 11th in the nation. This is the 13th year that Nike has hosted this prestigious meet for the top two boys and top two girls teams in each of the eight regions around the country. Morning rain and temperatures in the mid-40s were familiar conditions for these runners as they navigated the race at the Glendover Golf Course filled with hills and plenty of mud.

The girls’ team entered the race as the South Region champions, moving up six spots over last year. Gillian Mortimer came across the finish line first for the girls team, coming in 47th place overall. Next was Cate Tracht coming in 57th place, Sofia Santamaria came in 111th, Ali White placed 121st, Angie Riera 129th, Ari Lopez 152nd and Sarah McCabe 174th. 

The boy’s team placed 11th, moving up five spots from last year and were led by Reed Brown who came in sixth place overall, earning him All-American honors.  Charlie Gardner crossed the line next for the Southlake boys in 62nd place, Nicolas Fernandes came in 112th place, Evan Dunkel was next in 139th, Connor Rutledge 146th, Enzo Mortimer 170th and Juan Arcilla 190th.

“Nike Nationals is an unbelievable event and the best way possible to cap off a season,” said head coach Justin Leonard. “We are extremely proud of the way our teams competed and finished amongst the nation’s best. With the girls finishing ninth and the boys 11th in the country, we were able to secure a second- place program finish. I’m extremely proud of our seniors and Reed Brown for his sixth-place All-American finish.”

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