Centennial cross country faces strong foes

Facing a myriad of competition, Centennial’s cross country team’s gained valuable experience at Saturday’s Lovejoy Fall Festival.

The squads ran in different divisions with the girls team and sophomore boy Trenton Kelly competing in the Elite race while the Spartans ran in the Class 6A/5A race.

"It was good to run against some of the best in Region II on both sides," Centennial coach Sarah Eden said. "Trenton had a solid performance on a hilly course."

The Lady Spartans finished 12th with 318 points. Prosper took with the title with 106 points. Flower Mound Marcus placed second (106 points) and Frisco Liberty was third (112).

"Girls team got to see what it will be like to run against five of the top teams in our region," Eden said. "We are just continuing to work hard every day and looking forward to the next month."

Next up for Centennial is the today's Ken Gaston Invitational.

Sarah Trammel led the girls finishing 19th in a time of 19 minutes, 31.55 seconds. Abigail McCandless placed 54th in a time of 20:38.24. Emily Terrell was 87th in a time of 21:26.25.

Serena Bersuch finished 102nd in a time of 21:48.04 and Karly Burson was 103rd in a time of 21:48.84.

Also running for the Lady Spartans were Savannah Becton (134th,    22:52.26), Vantashia Bond (136th, 23:01.85) and Jordan Lamond (141st, 23:05.90).

Kelly running alone finished 50th in a time of 16:51.56.

The Spartans scored 389 points to finish 15th. Marietta (Okla.) was first with 82 points. Dallas St. Mark’s placed second (105 points) and Dallas Greenhill placed third (142 points).

Nick Newby finished 46th in a time of 17:58.17. Eli Davis was 71st in a time of 18:15.99 and Darien Burley placed 72nd in a time of 18:16.05.
"Nick Newby also stepped up this week and ran well," Eden said.

Also competing for the Spartans were Trevor Pennington (98th, 18:33.06), Amir Khan (116th, 18:45.03), Reed Vernon (123rd, 18:50.26) and Jordan Pennington (144th, 19:00.05).

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