2013-09-17 / Sports

Local cross country teams run at Pflugerville meet

By JEFF LOWE
Staff Writer

Lampasas High School and Lometa High School both competed Friday in the Pflugerville ISD Cross Country Invitational Meet.

The race, held at North East Metro Park in Pflugerville, was divided into two divisions: one for Class 1A through 3A schools, and one for 4A and5A schools.

Lampasas head coach James Allison said the meet was one of the largest on this year’s schedule in terms of number of runners.

The Badgers faced several District 8-3A rivals at the race.

Two Lampasas runners – Michaela Ellison and Orlando Flores – earned individual medals. Awards were given to the top 15 finishers in each race.

Allison said the junior varsity race was pushed back to late in the afternoon, so he had all his runners compete in the varsity division.

The Lady Badgers placed fourth out of 11 teams. Ellison led the way, finishing seventh out of 84 runners. She was clocked at 13:30.

Danesha Toro followed, finishing 17th with a time of 13:52. Tara Johnson came in 22nd with a time of 14:02, Claire Dunning placed 34th at 14:59, and Krystal Wooten finished 37th, running the race in 15:12. Kaitlynn O’Rourke recorded a time of 15:20 to place 40th. Candace Toro completed the race in 16:03, and Aimee Hernandez was timed at 18:00.

The top four teams on the girls’ side were all from District 8, Allison said. Liberty Hill won the meet, Burnet placed second, Gatesville was third, and Lampasas fourth.

“If we had just two or three runners that beat runners in front of them, we could’ve beat Gatesville,” Allison said.

Given Friday’s results, the head coach said he expects close competition at the district meet in October.

“It has the potential to be really close when district gets here,” he said.

The Badger boys’ team added several new members with backgrounds in soccer and distance events in track, Allison said. With the new additions, Lampasas fielded 11 runners in the boys’ varsity race.

Flores led the way for the boys’ team, earning a medal with an eighth-place finish and a time of 18:00. Dustin Rumple placed 17th with a time of 18:51, and Jonathan Ellison finished 38th with a time of 19:41.

In his first race of the season, Javier Torres came in 46th, running the course in 20:18. Justin Velasquez rounded out the Badgers’ top five, finishing 50th with a time of 20:33.

Josh Parrish ran his race in 21:11, Markos Terrazas finished in 21:55, and Cody Forrester recorded a time of 22:56 in his first cross country race. Matthew Palacios was clocked at 25:27, and new team member Dustin Cox finished in 26:05.

Ernesto De La Pena was injured and unable to finish, Allison said.

The boys’ team also faced tough competition from other teams in the district. Llano “just barely edged us out,” Allison said.

Liberty Hill also competed at the meet and ran very well, Allison said.

“Six of their guys were in the top 20,” he said.

David Fisher, head coach of the Lometa squad, said the Hornet team was “one of the few, if not the only 1A school participating in the meet.”

The Hornets placed 12th as a team, led by Isreal Enriquez. Enriquez placed 56th with a time of 21:33. Reid Moore was close behind, with a 58thplace finish and time of 21:52. David Franco ran his race in 22:16, Ivan Jasso was clocked at 22:43, and Ty Pauly finished in 23:06.

Two Lady Hornets competed in the junior varsity race. Freshman Isabella Gill ran a time of 17:29 and beat out nearly half of the 302 runners. Freshman Maclinta Alaniz finished with a time of 17:51.

In the junior varsity race, all schools competed in the same division.

“All the [Lometa] runners competed very well considering that most of the schools were considerably larger than the Lometa team,” Fisher said.

The next meet for the Hornets is Saturday. The team will travel to San Antonio for the UTSA Ricardo Romo Cross Country Classic.

The girls’ race is set for 2:30 p.m. and the boys’ race for 2:50 p.m., Fisher said.

The Badgers’ next meet is Thursday. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at Gatesville Country Club.

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