Centennial's Trammel returning to state meet
Centennial sophomore Sarah Trammel will be running again at the Class 5A state cross country championships for the second consecutive time after finished sixth at last Friday’s Class 5A Region I championships.
Trammel covered the course at Grand Prairie’s Lynn Creek Park in a time of 19 minutes, 10.90 seconds. She will run at the state meet Saturday at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park.
“Sarah is a machine,” Centennial coach Sarah Eden said. “She just amazes me. I never really have to worry about her on race day. She is always going to out and give her best effort. She just doesn’t have bad bays. I think it will help but the course will be a different one this year.”
The top three teams and top 10 runners not on a qualifying team made it to state.
The Lady Spartans as a team finished seventh with 213 points. Burleson scored 364 points to play 14th. Prosper won the girls title with 51 points. Frisco Liberty placed second (63 points) and Frisco Wakeland was third (80).
“Realistically we did what I think we are capable of doing with the girls and boys,” Eden said.
Centennial’s remaining six runners finished within two minutes and two seconds of each other.
Abby McCandless finished 41st in a time of 21:10.77 and Emily Terrell placed 45th in a time of 21:13.19. Karly Burson was 70th in a time of 21:49.38 and Serena Bersuch placed 73rd in a time of 21:52.38. Kayla Whitmire was 103rd (22:59.35) and Savannah Becton placed 111th (23:12.03).
Centennial’s boys placed 12th with 309 points and Burleson was 13th (340). Lucas Lovejoy took first place with 41 points. Frisco Wakeland finished second (116 points) and Dallas Conrad was third (122 points).
Nick Newby and Eli Davis stayed closed and finished back-to-back. Newby placed 58th in a time of 17:46.99 and Davis finished 59th in a time of 17:47.00. Trevor Pennington clocked a time of 18:09.58 to place 80th and Trenton Kelly, who ran at state last season, finished 86th in a time of 18:16.82.
“I feel really bad for Trenton (Kelly),” Eden said. “He doesn’t what happened and I don’t know what happened. He just picked the wrong time to have a bad day. I know he gave me his best. The good news is he’s a sophomore and we have another shot at it.”
Centennial’s fifth runner was Amir Khan who finished 92nd in a time of 18:23.06. Also competing for the Spartans were Darien Burley (116th, 18:46.74) and Jordan Pennington (122nd, 18:52.91).