• Centennial junior Nick Newby raced to a first place finish Thursday at the District 5-5A cross country championships. BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO

Centennial sweeps up cross country titles

After not winning the district cross country title last year, Centennial’s boys squad has been driven all season to right that wrong.

The Spartans did that in spades Thursday with a near perfect performance at the District 5-5A championships at Burleson’s Chisenhall Fields.

Five of the first six runners to cross the finish line wore Centennial jerseys. The lone interloper was Granbury’s Clayton Smith who finished third.

The Spartans scored 18 points, a perfect score in cross country is 15 points. Burleson was second with 73 points and Granbury finished third with 81 points. It was the Spartans third district title in four years.

The top three teams at district qualified for the Class 5A Region I championships Oct. 22 at Lubbock’s Mae Simmons Park.

Junior Nick Newby won the district title covering the course in a time of 15 minutes, 53.33 seconds. Senior Trenton Kelly finished second in a time of 15:57.31.

As soon as Kelly crossed the finish line, Newby gave him a huge hug. The pair have raced side-by-side the entire season.

Junior Trevor Pennington placed fourth in a time of 16:18.48. Freshman Luke Johnson was fifth in at time of 16:31.73 and senior Ryan Valdez was sixth in a time of 16:35.05. Junior Andy Shue placed eighth in a time of 16:40.87 and senior Derek Larabell was ninth in a time of 16:41.26.

The Lady Spartans, who finished third at state last year, won their fourth consecutive district title. The girls scored 34 points to outdistance second place Burleson (73 points). Granbury was third with 81 points.

Sophomore Harli Woolsey claimed her second consecutive district title finishing first in a time of 18:27.91. Senior Sarah Trammel placed second in a time of 18:30.90.

“Sarah and I were pushing each other the whole time,” Woolsey said. “I just out kicked her. That was probably my best race of the season.”

Senior Serena Bersuch was eighth in a time of 20:19.54. Freshman Kate Moravec placed 11th in a time 20:27.48. Junior Marina Grimaldo finished 12th in a time of 20:30.40 and sophomore Madylin Herrera was 13th in a time of 20:39.20.

“Serena (Bersuch) ran so great,” Woolsey said. “This was her best race of the season so far. She did amazing. If everyone runs their times from today (at regionals) we could have a shot (at going back to state).”

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