• Junior Nick Newby, left, and senior Trenton Kelly, right, helped Centennial to a first-place finish at Friday’s Elk Run XVIII. BURLESON STAR/RITCH MYERS

Spartans take Elk Run title

The second meet of the season for Centennial’s cross country team was a good one.

Running at Elk Run XVIII the Spartan won the Class 5A Division and the Lady Spartans placed second in the Class 6A-5A Division Friday at Chisenhall Fields.

The boys scored 38 points to take first place. Midlothian was second (74 points) and Fort Worth South Hills was third (106).

“I was pleased with the boys because their spread time is getting better,” Centennial coach Sarah Eden said.

Senior Trenton Kelly, placed second in a time of 16 minutes and 15.39 seconds. Junior Nick Newby was just behind Kelly finishing third in a time of 16:23.03. Freshman Luke Johnson was eighth in a time of 16:59.21. Senior Ryan Valdez finished 11th in a time of 17:05.03 and junior Andy Shue was 18th in a time of 17:18.

The Spartans spread time, the distance between the first and fifth runner was 1:02.61.    

Senior Derek Larabell was 20th (17:18.32), junior Trevor Pennington finished 25th (17:29.71) and freshman Hayden Whitehead placed 49th (18:16.61).     

Even though things are going well, Eden said there are runners on the junior varsity that could be pushing for spots on the varsity.

The Lady Spartans finished second with 64 points but were the top Class 5A squad. Hurst L.D. Bell took first place with 52 points and Arlington Martin was third (118).

Sophomore Harli Woolsey placed first in a time of 18:57.07. Junior Ashley Campbell was third in a time of 19:00.25. Senior Sarah Trammel finished sixth in a time of 19:08.94.

Junior Marina placed 27th in a time of 20:51.41. Junior Vantashia Bond was 43rd in a time of 21:26.96 and senior Serena Bersuch finished 66th in a time of 22:24.19.     

“Sarah (Trammel) ran better this week” Eden said, “We are just rocking along and hoping to get better each week. I just hope we can stay healthy. We have three girls on the junior varsity that are running well and could make their way onto the varsity.”

Centennial hosts the Spartan Run Saturday.

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