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    Centennial sophomore Harli Woolsey, left, and senior Sarah Trammel, right, will be competeing at Class 5A State Cross Country Championshisp Nov. 3 in Round Round. The pair qualfied for state at Monday’s Region I championships. BURLESON STAR/RITCH MYERS

Trammel, Woolsey headed to state

Centennial senior Sarah Trammel made school history Monday and her teammate, sophomore Harli Woolsey, is following in her footsteps.

Running at the Class 5A Region I Cross Country Championships, Trammel became the first runner from Centennial to qualify for four state championships. Woolsey will be running in her second state meet Nov. 3 at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park.

The top three teams at regionals qualified for state along with the top 10 runners who weren’t on a team that qualified for state.

Trammel finished fourth in a time of 18 minutes, 27.60 seconds. Woolsey placed ninth in a time of 18:46.20.

“Sarah ran a great race, I’m so happy for her,” Centennial coach Sarah Eden said. “Harli did not have a good race. She said she felt bad the whole time. I told her that you still got to state and you have some time to get to feeling better.”

The Lady Spartans finished eighth overall with 170 points. Grapevine scored 94 points to win the regional title. Amarillo was second (109 points) and El Paso Eastwood was third (127).

“The girls have stepped it up,” Eden said. “It got ugly when people got hurt (during the season) and I was pleased with how they did.”

The Lady Spartans third runner to finish was freshman Kate Moravec who placed 46th in a time of 20:27.50. Junior Marina Grimaldi was 47th in a time of 20:27.70. Junior Vantashia Bond finished 46th in a time of 21:01.80. Freshman Logan Stevens placed 81st in a time of 21:26.60 and junior Madylin Herrera was 83rd in a time of 21:28.60.

In the boys’ race, junior Nick Newby qualified for state after finishing 14th overall.

There was just one problem, Newby was disqualified because he wasn’t wearing his race bib.

“He never put on his bib,” Eden said. “It was heartbreaking.”

Newby told Eden he left his bib in his bag.

The head-scratcher for Eden was how race officials didn’t notice that Newby wasn’t wearing his bib before the race started. At the starting line, an official calls each team up and makes sure their uniforms are correct and that each runner has a bib.

“In the end that’s his fault,” Eden said.

The Spartans entered the race with dreams of going to state but finished 11th with 289 points. Eastwood won the title with 40 points. Grapevine placed second with 119 points and Randall was third in a time of 159 points.

“I’m just really sad for the boys,” Eden said. “I know the boys gave me everything they had but they were disappointed about not doing better. It is what it is. We had a good season. I told them afterward that it’s a high school cross country meet, it isn’t life or death.”

In the final race of his high school cross country career, senior Trenton Kelly finished 23rd in a time of 16:21.40. He was six spots out of qualifying for state.

“I was really sad for him today,” Eden said. “He really wanted to go to state. I’m going to miss Trenton in so many ways. He had a really good cross country career and I hope he is going to have a good track season.”

The next Spartan to cross the finish line was freshman Luke Johnson who placed 48th in a time of 16:53.90. Junior Trevor Pennington was 64th in a time of 17:04.90. Junior Andy Shue finished 73rd in a time of 17:13.60. Also making their last cross country runs for Centennial were Ryan Valdez and Derek Larabell Valdez placed 81st in a time of 17:23.90 and Larabell finished 96th in a time of 17:39.60.

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