Carroll Cross Country Teams Came Away Victorious in California
Sep 18, 2017 08:04AM
● By Audrey Sellers
Girls Elite Varsity (from left): Cate Tracht, Lauren Esparza, Cristina Canal, Kate Reppeto, Angie Riera, Sara McCabe, Sophia Santamaria
Over the weekend, the top runners of the Southlake Carroll Cross Country teams competed at the 37th Annual Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Norco, California. Dragons dominated in the fast, three-mile race held under the lights at night. Despite facing tough competition from around the country, both the boys and girls teams came away with some outstanding performances, including a first-place finish in the girls’ varsity race.
“Our teams ran some great races against some of the toughest competition in the nation,” said head coach Justin Leonard via press release. “All of our teams stepped up and represented our program well in California. It was a great weekend and hopefully this will help propel our runners into the rest of the season."
The Elite Varsity Dragon girls took an impressive fourth place in California and were led by senior Cate Tracht who captured 21st place with a time of 16:43.3. Next in line for the Dragons was Sofia Santamaria with a 41st place finish (17:13.2), Sarah McCabe came in next in 56th place (17:30.9), Lauren Esparza was 72nd (17:53.2) and Cristina Canal rounded out the scoring positions with a 75rd place (17:54.3) finish. Angie Riera (18.08.9) and Kate Reppeto (18:35.7) completed the elite 7 runners for the Dragon girls’ team.
The Elite Varsity Dragon boys faced tough competition and came away with a fifth-place finish led by senior Enzo Mortimer in 37th place (14:47.8). Right behind him in 38th place was Jack Meyers (14:48.0). Next to cross the line for the Dragons was Jackson Felkins in 42nd place (14:49.9), Drew Bliss in 67th place (14:59.1) and rounding out the boys scoring positions was Vishnu Nair in 82nd (15:08.0). Completing the boy’s elite team were Juan Arcila in 93rd (15:16.9) and Connor Rutledge in 112th (15:23.9).
The Varsity Dragon girls took first place and were led by Sophomore Jenna Holland coming in 10th (17:30), Lydia Lo finished right behind in 14th (17:32), Payton Wichman in 34th (18:10), Rima Toure in 43rd (18:20) and Tatum Foreman in 48th (18:23). Completing the girls’ team was Vy Nguyen in 63rd (18:35) and Shreya Veeravelli in 65th (18:37).
The Dragon Varsity boys came away with a ninth-place finish and were led by Nate Lannen in 32nd (15:12), followed by Everrett Kolto in 56th (15:28), Lucas Levant in 62nd (15:31), Noah Castro in 63rd (15:32) and Nick Arriaza in 77th (15:38). Rounding out the boy’s team was Antonio Florcruz in 86th (15:42) and Henry Gardner in 141st (16:16).
The elite and varsity Dragons will use this next week off to train hard and prepare for the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on September 30. The JV teams will split up next week and compete in Corpus Christi at the Islander Splash and in Grapevine at the Coppell Invitational.