2017-10-17 / Sports

Regional-bound

Badger runners overcome early slip to place second at district; girls take third
JEFF LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD


Taylor Moore keeps a fast pace on the second mile of the district race in Lampasas, where she placed third individually. 
JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Taylor Moore keeps a fast pace on the second mile of the district race in Lampasas, where she placed third individually. JEFF LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD For the third year in a row, both Lampasas varsity teams are heading to the cross country regional meet.

In the district meet at home on Friday, the Badgers finished second in the boys’ team standings, while the Lady Badgers placed third. Liberty Hill won both races. Llano advanced to regionals as the second-place girls’ team, and Taylor took the boys’ third-place qualifying spot.

Taylor Moore earned a bronze medal, leading the Lady Badgers with a time of 12:52.03. Nathan Herrin paced the Badgers at 17:04.16, which was good for fourth place individually.

“We had some people have a bit of a, I guess you could say rough start,” Herrin said

At a crowded starting line, “I tripped on Cody [Hinson], when I went down, I ended up bumping into Izaiah [Andrade],” Herrin said. “We all fell down. We got up. Izaiah made good ground…he got about mid-pack.”

Herrin, normally a front-runner, took awhile to get toward his usual position in the field of runners.

“I was trying to work up,” he said. “There’s no real room, because it’s so narrow on the course, but we made that first turn, got on the front loop. I managed to get on to the outside of the pack and just slowly worked up.”

Herrin said there probably were 30 runners ahead of him, but by the middle of the race, he had gained significant ground.

“We were all trying to get that regional qualifying spot,” the Badger senior said.

Herrin is a returning state qualifier. The Badgers lost their other individual qualifier to graduation last spring. Early in the season, Herrin was not sure about his team’s prospects of going to the postseason.

“I was a bit leery at first about how we would do,” he said, but added that Friday was a great way to end the regular season.

“Everyone finished great,” he said. “We had Jon [Davis], Qadir [Tolliver] and Eric [Flores]. They finished right with each other, in a three wall pack.”

Third place was Moore’s best individual placement at district in her three seasons of varsity running.

“It feels great, because it’s kind of been a slow season for me…,” Moore said. “I’m actually happy with my place and my time this meet.”

Moore said she felt good about her start, and she tried to keep pace with teammates Mackenzie Best and Kyndal Moyer.

“Pacing off of each other, it just really helps so you know you’re not going too fast or too slow,” Moore said.

Both teams will compete at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville for the Region III meet.

The course “is actually one of my favorites,” Moore said. “It’s got a hill going into the start, but it’s not bad…it’s fast, and there’s a little uphill going into the finish line.”

Individual results are as follows.

Varsity boys

4. Nathan Herrin 17:04.16
15. Qadir Tolliver 18:17.93
Jon Davis 18:19.95
Eric Flores 18:20.81
Izaiah Andrade 18:24.89
Kirby Berry 18:47.39
Cody Hinson 18:50.01

Varsity girls

3. Taylor Moore 12:52.03
5. Kyndal Moyer 12:59.18
6. Mackenzie Best
13:02.50
Annabelle Brack 13:54.4
Alette Cook 14:07.66
Addison White 14:26.48
Kailey O’Donnell 14:58.88

JV boys

(second as a team)

9. Luke Palacios 19:46.54
10. Cody Woods 19:52.65
13. Daniel Lang 20:02.49
15. Isaac Alford 20:18.79
Michael Hoff 20:26.79
Juan Barrera 20:38.66

JV girls

(third as a team)

9. Elisa Sanchez 15:43.16

13. Cheyenne Foote 15:57.79

14. Adrianna Sanchez 16:00.9

Janice Hanson 16:24.02

Riley Hamilton 18:33.16

Kayla Harrell 18:43.49

Ryley Edwards 21:12.42

The regional meet is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. on Monday.

Lampasas coach James Allison said he “could not be more proud of the way our kids finished the regular season, the best finish I can remember as far as all four teams go, with all of them in the top three.”

Allison also said his “JV Girls improved considerably since the beginning of the season,” and “JV boys have been strong throughout the season.”

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