• Centennial’s girls junior varsity squad took first Saturday at the Woodhouse Invitational. Shown are, from left, Alyssa Blankenship, Jordan Lamond, Alli Baca, Breanna Zemlock, Kayelyn Vanover,  Jocy Galvan, Serena Besuch, Rainey Southall and Mary Duffield.  BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO

Lady Spartans, Spartans get out to strong start

There were plenty of pleasant surprises for Centennial cross country coach Sarah Eden during her squads’ first competition this season.

Running Saturday at Waxahachie’s Woodhouse Invitational, the Lady Spartans tallied 48 points to place second while the Spartans finished fourth with 146 points.

“They did well for their first time out,” Eden said. “Overall, the boys and girls surprised me on the varsity and junior varsity level. It’s early and there is no telling what will happen by the time district rolls around.”

Eden said the girls and boys are four spots deep on the varsity roster which leaves a lot of room for competition for the final three spots.

“Things are open for both the girls and boys,” Eden said. “Right now we have a healthy competition among 11 girls for the chance to run with the varsity and I like that.”

Junior Sarah Trammel paced the Lady Spartans, covering the course at Lakeview Camp in a time of 19 minutes, 6.2 seconds, to place third. Right behind Trammel was freshman Harli Woolsey who finished fourth in a time of 19:10.8. Juniors Ashley Campbell (ninth, 19:54.8) and Abi McCandless (11th, 19:59.7) kept the pack mentality for the Lady Spartans.

Senior Kayla Whitmire was Centennial’s fifth runner, finishing 23rd in a time of 21:0.1. Placing next were sophomores Marina Grimaldo (31st, 21:33.3) and Vantashia Bond (37th, 21:46.8).

The Spartans were led by junior Trenton Kelly who finished ninth in a time of 16.39.3. Finishing in the 17 minute range for Centennial were sophomores Nick Newby (32nd, 17:27.6) and Andy Shue (43rd, 17:49.4), and junior Derek Larabell (53rd, 17:59.7). The Spartans last two runners were juniors Ryan Valdez (61st, 18:12.8) and Chris Vardy (69th, 18:36).

Centennial returns to action Friday at the Elk Run 16.

“Elk Run is going to fun because most of the district teams will be there,” Eden said.

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Centennial’s girls junior varsity squad took first Saturday at the Woodhouse Invitational. Shown are, from left, Alyssa Blankenship, Jordan Lamond, Alli Baca, Breanna Zemlock, Kayelyn Vanover,  Jocy Galvan, Serena Besuch, Rainey Southall and Mary Duffield.  BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO