• Centennial senior Serena Bersuch runs at Saturday’s Spartan Invitational BURLESON STAR/RITCH MYERS

CHS dominates on muddy course at home meet

Centennial’s cross country squads seem to like running at home as they each claimed championships at the Centennial Spartan Invitational.

Luckily, most of the races were run before the heavy rain started.

“Just happy to get most of it in before the downpour,” Centennial coach Sarah Eden said. “It started raining halfway through middle school girls race and rained through all of middle school boys race. But overall it was great meet.”

The girls won their first title of the season scoring 28 points to outdistance second place Waxahachie by seven points. Lake Dallas placed third with 74 points.

“Times weren’t really good for anyone because it was muddy and slippery,” Eden said. “But there were lots of competitive runners at the meet.”

The Lady Spartans had four runners in the top eight. Sophomore Harli Woolsey finished second in a time of 10 minutes, 20.10 seconds. Junior Ashley Campbell placed third in a time of 20:15.47. Senior Sarah

Trammel was fourth in a time of 20:26.53 and junior Marina Grimaldo finished eighth in a time of 21:48.58. Junior Vantashia Bond was 17th in a time of 23:11.68 and senior Serena Bersuch finished 33rd in a time of 25:06.30.

The Spartans took first place easily with 40 points. Waxahachie was second with 77 points and Irving Cistercian placed third with 126 points.

The boys had a nice spread time of 1:13 on Saturday.

Senior Trenton Kelly finished third in a time of 17:42.26. Junior Nick Newby was seventh in a time of 18:04.79. Freshman Luke Johnson placed 10th in a time of 18:15.32 and senior Ryan Valdez placed 11th in a time of 18:29.53. Senior Derek Larabell was 20th in a time of 18:55.43. Junior Andy Shue finished 22nd in a time of 19:03.56. Junior Trevor Pennington placed 27th in a time of 19:16.20 and freshman Hayden Whitehead was 44th in a time of 19:48.82.

“The course was set up by some of our dads and Kerr Middle School cross country coach Matt Hansen,” Eden said. “It was an awesome course. We had at least 40 parent volunteers working the meet. It is unbelievable how supportive the parents from Centennial and Kerr are to the program. Overall it was successful meet and hopefully we can keep it growing.”

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