• Centennial junor Ryan Bergami running in his first varsity race finished 61st at Friday’s Falcon Fast XC Invitational. BURLESON STAR/RITCH MYERS

Centeninal girls place ninth

With senior Sarah Trammel under the weather, Centennial’s girls cross country team finished outside the Top Three for the first time this season.

The Lady Spartans scored 188 points to place ninth at Friday’s Falcon Fast XC Invitational hosted by Keller Timber Creek. The race took place at Keller’s Trinity Springs Middle School. Canyon finished first with 67 points. Amarillo was second (107 points) and host Timber Creek was third (108).

“The course was great,” Centennial coach Sarah Eden said. “There were quite a few turns that were really muddy that made it a little tough. It was a flat course and it didn’t rain on us while we ran.”

Sophomore Harli Woolsey finished ninth overall in a time of 19 minuts, 18.57 seconds. Junior Ashley Campbell placed 11th in a time of 19:23.13. Junior Marina Grimaldo was 53rd in a time of 21:14.35. Senior Serena Bersuch finished 72nd in a time of 21:59.77. Freshman Kate Moravec placed 75th in a time of 22:16.84 and junior Vantashia Bond was 94th in a time of 23:21.31.

The Spartans placed sixth with a total of 183 points. Coppell took first place with 55 points. Plano West finished second with 88 points and Decatur was third with 121 points.
“The boys are still really healthy and running about 10 deep,” Eden said. “We are just going to keep rocking and see what happens.”

Senior Trenton Kelly led the Spartans finishing 14th in the time of 16:43.52. Junior Nick Newby placed 21st in a time of 16:52.37. Freshman Luke Johnson was 37th in a time of 17:23.05. Senior Ryan Valdez finished 61st in a time of 17:51.03 and junior Ryan Bergami was 73rd in a time of 18:01.45

"Begami stepped up in his first varsity race,” Eden said.

Senior Derek Larabell finished 80th in a time of 18:08.71. Junior Andy Shue placed 85th in a time of 18:11.98. Junior Trevor Pennington was 86th in a time of 18:12.26. Freshman Hayden Whitehead finished 130th in a time of 19:19.79 and sophomore Josh Meador placed 151st in a time of 20:12.04.

“We are right in the middle part of our season where the workouts are really hard and the runners are ready for the mileage to go down a bit,” Eden said.

Centennial is slated to run Saturday at the Mansfield Invitational.

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