The Spartans didn’t have far to travel this week as they competed in the Strake Jesuit Invitational at Bear Creek Park. It was a pleasant Saturday morning for racing, and the Spartans performed well against a strong field of runners on both the boys and girls sides.
Girls - 5 kilometer distance (3.1 miles)
Our varsity girls earned third-place out 12 schools in the team competition, only behind the meet champions, Katy Tompkins, and second-place Richmond George Ranch.
Niamh Collins and Siena Yoder led the team with strong performances again this week as each finished in the top-10 overall. Both girls have been incredibly consistent to this point in the season.
Maggie Pearce and Anastasia Sciretti earned valuable points by finishing in the top-20, and all five of the point-earners on the girls team finished in the top-35 overall.
Girls Results: (93 finishers)
Boys - 5 kilometer distance (3.1 miles)
The Spartan varsity boys finished fourth-place out of 12 schools, behind the meet champions, Strake Jesuit, second-place Katy Tompkins, and third-place Katy Seven Lakes.
David Kalwahali and Ben Pearce had very impressive outings again this week, finishing 2nd and 8th overall, respectively. Kalwahali ran with the lead pack the entire race, and when it had been narrowed down to three racers near the end, he was able to finish strong down the final stretch to win the second-place medal. His 5k time of 15:34 puts him in the top tier of the class 6A- region 3 rankings thus far this season.
Pearce ran a very smart race by remaining patient early, and using his strength and stamina to slowly pick off runners one-by-one all the way to the finish. His time of 16:11 was a personal best by a wide-margin.
Boys Results: (99 finishers)
JUNIOR VARSITY GIRLS AND BOYS and FRESHMAN BOYS
The Spartan JV girls finished eighth-place in the team competition and the JV boys did not have enough participants this week to qualify for points in the team standings.
The freshman boys were fourth-place in the team standings.
All of our JV and freshman athletes competed with determination and grit, and represented Stratford very well on the day.
JV Girls - 2 mile distance (87 finishers)
JV Boys - 5 kilometer distance (81 finishers)
Freshman Boys - 2 mile distance (59 finishers)
REMINDER: SBISD Invitational at Nottingham Park next Saturday, Sept. 17th at 7:30 am. Please come out to support the Stratford cross country athletes at our only home meet this season. The louder your cheers and support are, the better our chances will be to blow out Memorial and the other teams competing.
Tag(s): Cross Country