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Southlake Carroll Dragons Show Depth at Marcus I Invitational

Sep 05, 2017 08:31AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Sophomore Michael McCabe and junior Ryan Odneal

The Southlake Carroll Cross Country teams ran away with big wins over the weekend. Five of the eight Southlake teams placed first at the Marcus I Invitational meet in Denton’s North Lakes Park. All teams stepped up to meet the challenge of their first 5K of the season. Between the boys and girls teams, 15 finished as National Elites*.

“We are extremely proud of the effort our kids put into all the races at the Marcus I invite. We ran in a total of eight races and our kids competed really well,” said head coach Justin Leonard in a press release. “We told our runners their performances in the Marcus meet are a reflection of the amount of work they put in over the summer. Now it’s up to them to progress from this point on leading into the district, regional and state meet.”

The Dragons took first place in the Varsity Boys Elite race with Jackson Felkins leading the team taking fifth overall with a time of 15:48, followed by Jack Meyers grabbing ninth place at 15:52, Connor Rutledge in 10th place running 15:53, Enzo Mortimer placing 14th coming in at 16:01, and Juan Arcila in 15th at 16:05 to finish out the top five.

The Varsity Boys Open team also had an impressive first-place finish with a low score of 25  points. Noah Castro took first for the Dragons and third overall with a time of 16:34. Nate Lannen was next to cross the line with a fourth-place finish and a time of 16:36, followed by Everett Kolto in fifth at 16:41, then Antonio Florcruz taking sixth with a 16:46 and Nick Arriaza finishing out the top five coming in seventh with a time of 16:46.

The Varsity Girls Elite team had an impressive showing as well coming in second place led by Cate Tracht with a sixth-place finish and a time of 18:12. Next was Sofia Santamaria taking 20th place running a 18:38, Angie Riera placed 30th with an 19:05, Christina Canal was 32nd, running a 19:09 and Sarah McCabe in 33rd place with a 19:10 to round out the top five scoring positions.

The Varsity Girls Open team took first and scored just 34 points and was led by Rima Toure taking third place with a time of 19:28, followed by Vy Nguyen taking sixth, running a 20:00, Payton Wichman was right behind in seventh place running a 20:00, Jenna Holland was right behind that in eighth place with a 20:00 and Tatum Foreman rounded out the top five with a 10th place finish at 20:16.

Southlake Carroll also dominated the JV Elite division, taking first place for both boys and girls. The boys scored a low 41 points while the girls scored just 25 points, taking the second, third, fifth, sixth and ninth places.

The Dragon runners will be hosting the Southlake Invitational meet Saturday, September 9 at Bob Jones Park in Southlake.

*National Elite Standards: Boys – 16:30 or below; Girls – 19:45 or below-Jackson Felkins, Jack Meyers, Connor Rutledge, Enzo Mortimer, Juan Arcila, Vishnu Nair, Drew Bliss, Cate Tracht, Christina Canal, Angie Riera, Sofia Santamaria, Sarah McCabe, Kate Reppeto, Lauren Esparza, Lydia Lo

Boys Elite Varsity    (1st)                                       Boys Varsity Open (1st)

5th  – Jackson Felkins – 15:48.11                          3rd -- Noah Castro – 16:34.15                              

9th – Jack Meyers --  15:52.41                              4th – Nate Lannen – 16:36.89

10th  – Connor Rutledge – 15:53.69                      5th – Everett Kolto – 16.41.4

14th – Enzo Mortimer – 16:01.55                           6th – Antonio Florcruz – 16:46.18

15th – Juan Arcila – 16:05.24                                 7th – Nick Arriaza – 16:46.67

20th  – Vishnu Nair – 16:10:26                               9th  – Lucas Levant – 16:52.35

21st – Drew Bliss – 16:10.69                                 22nd – Chris Duffy – 17:20.83


Girls Elite Varsity (2nd)                                           Girls Varsity Open (1st)

6th – Cate Tracht – 18:12.69                                  3rd – Rima Toure – 19:28.97

20th – Sofia Santamaria – 18:38.26                       6th – Vy Nguyen – 20:00.03

30th – Angie Riera – 19:05.21                                7th – Payton Wichman – 20:00.39

32nd – Christina Canal  -- 19:09.45                       8th – Jenna Holland – 20:00.91

33rd – Sarah McCabe – 19:10.33                         10th – Tatum Foreman – 20:16.83

37th -- Kate Reppeto – 19:16.66                           11th -- Shreya Veeravelli – 20:18.94

39th – Lauren Esparza – 19:17.21                          20th – Madalyn Wardin – 20:38.3


Boys Elite JV (1st) – Finishers in the Top 10       Boys JV Open (2nd) – Finishers in the Top 10

4th – Grant Anderson – 17:19.54                           4th – Matthew Hetrick – 19:05.25

6th – Steven Torres – 17:20.65                              6th – Sam Schafer – 19:12.76

7th – Chase Fisher – 17:29.16                             

9th – Bradley Heidebrecht – 17:39.91


Girls Elite JV (1st)– Finishers in the Top 10                  Girls JV Open (4th) – Finishers in the Top 10

2nd – Grace Williamson – 20:28.85                                2nd – Jenna Laverock – 22:41.05

3rd – Sarah Creech – 20:46.87                                       3rd – Sarah Schelling – 22:47.71

5th Audrey Kwentus – 20:58.76                            

6th – Caitlin Mertz – 21:18.67                                

9th – Riley Hrenko – 21:27.07


For full Marcus I meet results, visit