Centennial's Eden wants tighter pack
Centennial’s cross country team showed a good pack mentality Friday at the Elk Run 16 at Chisenhall Fields but coach Sarah Eden still sees room for improvement.
“With both the girls and boys I have two runners and the other pack,” Eden said. “I have to find a way to move my next three runners up closer to the first two runners.”
In the girls action, the Lady Spartans placed third with 88 points. Saginaw was first with 63 points and Euless Trinity was second with 87 points.
The girls had two runners place in the top 10 as Sarah Trammel finished fourth in a time of 19 minutes, 17.84 seconds and Abby McCandless placed ninth in a time of 19:48.16.
“I’m getting closer to nailing down the varsity spots on the girls varsity team,” Eden said.
As they had the week before in Waxahachie, Centennial showed great pack mentality with six runners finishing within 23 spots and 38 seconds of each other.
Serena Bersuch led the pack finishing 20th in a time of 20:47.21. Following Bersuch were Savannah Becton (31st, 21:07.52), Jordan Lamond (32nd, 21:12.77), Karly Burson (36th, 21:20.03), Vantashia Bond (42nd, 21:23.91) and Emily Terrell (43rd, 21:25.91). Sydnee Aalbers placed 93rd in a time of 22:45.90.
The Spartans finished with 142 points to place sixth. Mansfield Summit won the 5A boys title with 81 points. Azle and Birdville each scored 82 points. Azle finished second in a sixth runner tiebreaker and Birdville was third.
Trenton Kelly led the Spartans by covering the course in a time of 16:06.69 to place third and Trevor Pennington finished 20th in time of 17:17.00.
The Spartans also showed strong pack mentality with five runners finishing within 28 seconds of each other. Finishing 26th, Nick Newby led the pack with a time of 17:25.49. Also in the pack were Darien Burley (44th, 17:54.33), Reed Vernon (51st, 17:57.64), Eli Davis (55th, 18:02.12) and Jordan Pennington (56th, 18:03.17).
Amir Khan finished 69th in a time of 18:18.14. Chris Vardy placed 80th in a time of 18:26.66 and Derek Larabell was 90th (18:33.46).
“The boys team is still a work in progress as far as who is going to be on varsity,” Eden said.
Centennial hosts its first meet Saturday morning. The Spartans Invitational will be run on a course at the high school.