Cross country team heads to Southlake Carroll

Joe Vastano, Staff Reporter

The cross country teams will compete in the Southlake Carroll invitational meet this Saturday, their last run before the district meet.

“The team (girls) is ready for this meet,” junior captain Emily Gueller said. “The girl’s team has been running with the guys team and it has definitely improved our times.”

Both teams will be running in different divisions this weekend. The top seven from the boys team will be running in the 6A varsity division, and then the next best seven will run in the 6A junior varsity race, the rest will run in the 5A varsity division. For the girls team, the top seven will run in the 5A varsity division, the next six will run in 6A junior varsity and then the rest will run 5A junior varsity.

Last week a select group of runners ran in the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville.

“I think it was a great experience to have a fun trip out to Arkansas and get some quality work in,” senior captain Nate Hartter said. “Even though we ran the 10k as a workout, we had a lot of unexpected runners step up and perform great at a longer distance.”

The boys team and two of the girls ran the 10K race while the rest ran the 5K. The results for the boy’s team were senior captain Grant Tiff coming in at 19th overall with his time of 36:33, junior captain Ryan Brands with the same time at 20th, junior Ryan Spruell 21st at 36:40, sophomore Brett Pedersen and freshmen Brady Laboret with the same time as Spruell coming in at 22nd and 23rd, respectively.

The two girls who ran in the 10K were sophomore Carson Hockersmith, who finished 5th with a time of 41:10, and senior captain Shaelyn Ballard, finishing 8th at 43:52. The 5K runners were Gueller, who finished 10th place at 20:30, freshman Andee Richardson, 17th place at 21:13, and freshman Sofia Estes, 18th at 21:15.

“The team is doing very good right now and we are ready to take on Southlake,” Brands said. “We have had nothing but good work and I am confident that our team will come out with no regrets.”