Lady Spartans place second
Centennial cross country coach Sarah Eden proclaimed the programs’ first meet — the Spartan Invitational — a success thanks in part to the efforts of her booster club.
“Our booster club was amazing, I told them that after the meet,” Eden said. “They did an awesome job helping me and (Kerr Middle School cross country coach) Matt Hanson with the course. I want to grow the meet and hopefully get it as big as the Elk Run some day. That can’t be done without the help of our booster club.”
The meet which took place Saturday on Centennial’s campus featured 10 schools (two schools didn’t show because they thought the meet was rained out) and also a challenging hill nicknamed the “Green Monster.”
Things went well but there were still some small glitches.
“I think it went really well,” Eden said. “But we had a few snafu’s that we will have to address next season. Mainly that is with where to park the team busses. Other than us having to fix a few things, I think it went well. Thanks goodness it didn’t rain.”
The Lady Spartans finished second with 55 points. Mansfield won the title with 29 points and Cleburne was third (105 points). The boys scored 61 points to place third. Mansfield took the title with 37 points and Burleson finished second with 61 points.
“I was pleased with the way our kids ran,” Eden said. “It’s a pretty tough course and they ran well. We are still trying to nail down to seven varsity runners. As far as the top five, we are good, there is still auditions going on for those last two spots.”
All eight Lady Spartans finished in the top 21 and the first five runners to cross the finish line had a spread time of one minute, 20 seconds.
Sophomore Sarah Trammel finished second in a time of 19:20.54 and sophomore Abby McCandless placed seventh in a time of 19:59.91. Senior Emily Terrell was 15th in a season best time of 21:06.52. Junior Serena Bersuch placed 16th in a time of 21:11.86 and senior Savannah Becton finished 18th in a time of 21:40.47.
Sophomore Jordan Lamond was 19th (21:41.99), senior Karly Burson finished 20th (21:43.24) and Vantashia Bond placed 21th (21:46.45).
For the boys, sophomore Trenton Kelly paced the Spartans finishing second in a time of 16:17.78. Freshman Trevor Pennington placed ninth in a time of 17:26.06. Junior Darien Burley was 16th in a personal best time of 17:50.89. Also running personal best times were senior Jordan Pennington (18th, 17:54.39) and junior Eli Davis (19th, 17:54.71).
Also running for the Spartans were junior Amir Khan (23rd, 18:11.33), Chris Vardy (33rd, 18:57.51) and Derek Larabell (34th, 18:59.38).
Centennial’s next meet is Friday at Cleburne’s Buzz Run.