• Centennial freshman Harli Woolsey finished second at Saturday’s Centennial Invitational in a time of 19 minutes, 25.01 seconds.  The Lady Spartans scored 22 points to win the title. BURLESON STAR/SHAW STUDIOS

A little mud can’t stop Centennial’s race

Other than having to alter the course some because of mud, the Spartan Invitational at Centennial went off without a hitch Saturday morning.

“Had a little water issue that we were able to overcome,” said Centennial cross country coach Sarah Eden. “We just had to move the course out a little bit. The rest of the course was awesome.”

Eden had nothing but praise for her high school and middle school parents, along with Kerr cross country coach Matt Hansen, for the job they did with the meet.

“The parents did an awesome job,” Eden said. “They were great. Six or eight worked all day long on Friday to get things ready. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. I know I’d get more teams on a weekday, but I like having the middle schooler’s running out there. I hate that we didn’t have that many girls’ teams. Some schools were there, but they didn’t have full girls’ teams. We had 15 boys’ teams, but just five girls teams.”

The Lady Spartans took the title with 22 points. Mansfield was second (40 points) and Waxahachie finished third (86). The boys placed second with 71 points. Mansfield tallied 36 points to win and Cleburne was third with 86 points.

The girls nearly pulled off a perfect score as the first four runners to cross were from Centennial.

Junior Sarah Trammel took the title covering the course in a time of 18 minutes, 54.90 points. Freshman Harli Woolsey placed second in time of 19:25.01. Finishing third in a tie of 19:30.91 was junior Abigail Candless. Sophomore Ashley Campbell placed fourth in a time of 19:48.45. Senior Kayla Whitmire finished 13th in a time of 21:00.42.

As she did last week, Eden had 10 runners entered in the Class 5A division.

Also competing for the Lady Spartans were sophomore Vantashia Bond (21st, 21:39.72), senior Rainey Southall (22nd, 21:50.47), sophomore Marina Grimaldo (26th, 22:01.46), freshman Alyssa Blankenship (27th, 22:02.42) and junior Jordan Lamond (38th, 23:12.58).

“We had pretty good times for that course,” Eden said. “The girls are working hard and pushing each other everyday.”

Running without Trenton Kelly, sophomores Nick Newby and Trevor Pennington stepped up for the Spartans. Newby finished sixth in a time of 17:09.21 and Pennington placed 13th in a time of 17:37.98. Junior Ryan Valdez was 18th in a time of 17:53.56 and junior Derek Larabell placed 20th in a time of 17:54.42. Senior Darien Burley was the fifth Spartan to finish, placing 23rd in a time of 18:05.70.

“We decided to hold Trenton out,” Eden said. “It gave other runners a chance to step up. Nick Newby had a great race. They all did pretty well.”

Also running for Centennial were freshman Christian Bersuch (24th, 18:06.05) and sophomores Andy Shue (26th, 18:08.08) and Caleb Conrad (33rd, 18:30.27).

Centennial runs Friday morning at Cleburne’s Buzz Run.

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Centennial freshman Harli Woolsey finished second at Saturday’s Centennial Invitational in a time of 19 minutes, 25.01 seconds.  The Lady Spartans scored 22 points to win the title. BURLESON STAR/SHAW STUDIOS