WACO — An unexpected change in the Marble Falls High School cross-country team’s schedule proved very successful.
The Mustangs and Lady Mustangs on Sept. 26 ran in the Waco Invitational, where the girls were the bronze medalists and James Ramos finished fifth in the boys’ varsity division.
Lady Mustang Tess Johnson set a new school record for running three miles. She and the other five runners set new personal bests at the meet. And the girls junior varsity team won.
Head coach Anthony Torns said he was not surprised by the runners’ success, noting the course has few hills and a lot of straightaways, which made it a good one to run. All five Lady Mustangs took 90 seconds off their times, while Ramos took a minute off his time.
As for Johnson, Torns said, “I’ve been watching her the last two years. I knew she could run the low 19s. I was hoping she could do it.”
The Lady Mustangs and Round Rock Westwood each scored 58 points, while Killeen Harker Heights won the meet with 57 points. The tiebreaker was the time of the sixth runner. Westwood took the silver medal because Marble Falls entered five athletes.
The Mustangs had only three runners competing. Squads must have five runners to earn a team score.
Marble Falls was a late entry to the Waco Invitational because last week’s Cedar Park Invitational was cancelled due to rain.
RESULTS: Varsity Boys — 5, James Ramos, 16:39.1; 14, Christian Marroquin, 17:26.6; 17, Ishmael Montoya, 17:29. Varsity Girls — 2, Tess Johnson, 19:19.40; 9, Tincia Ware, 20:27; 10, Brittney Deering, 20:38.1; 13, Sydney Gibson, 40:48.7; 24, Emma Sharpe, 22:18.5. Junior varsity girls – 1, Elizabeth Lane, 22:64.4; 3, Allie Steward, 22:29.4; 12, Arianna Sanchez, 23:18.5; 23, Corey Oppenheim, 23:32.9; 38, Tiffany Dunavant, 24:01; 60, Eloise Holder, 24:35.8; 84, Rosa Benitez, 25:07.7.
UP NEXT: 10 a.m. Oct. 4, 21st annual Round Rock McNeil Invitational at Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd. in Round Rock