CROSS-COUNTRY ROUNDUP: Faith Academy, Marble Falls and Burnet

Faith Academy of Marble Falls runner Abraham Lewis (left) wears the fourth-place medal he earned at the Waco Connally Invitational on Oct. 4, while Faith Academy cross-country coach Steve McCannon congratulates him. Courtesy photo


WACO — Faith Academy of Marble Falls runner Sophie McCannon grabbed another gold medal, while Abraham Lewis placed fourth at the Waco Connally Invitational on Oct. 4.

McCannon won the girls varsity division in 11 minutes 51 seconds.

“Sophie has really put in good work, and it allows her to adjust to the race situations,” said Faith coach Steve McCannon, who is also her father.

Her time helped Faith place sixth out of 16 squads with 224 points. The coach noted all of his seniors competed. And he believes their drive will make Faith a contender for a state crown in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools meet Oct. 25 if they can each drop at least 20 seconds from their individual times.

“These seniors can do it,” he said. “The know how to be ready when it counts and have quite a bit of experience doing that over the years.”

Lewis, the only male runner competing for Faith, ran in the boys junior varsity division, where he placed fourth in 20:34. Lewis led in the first two miles

“He is gaining experience every time he runs, so he will know for next time,” McCannon said. “He enjoyed being in front, and we can work on that last mile. I think he is motivated and more confident.”

This meet also gave Faith a look at the state meet course. McCannon called that invaluable.

“I am glad we are able to the see the course and get familiar with it,” he said. “Several of our athletes have never seen the course, so that will pay off at state.”

RESULTS: Varsity girls — 1, Sophie McCannon, 11:51; 40, Sierra Brinkley, 14:19; 48, Christina Lykken, 14:28; 57, Kristina Lane, 14:45; 105, Danyelle Morris, 16:01; 111, Rachel Ormsby, 16:12. Junior varsity girls — 86, Jessica Beckner, 18:31; 92, Emily Eppler, 18:49; 98, Halle Shumate, 19:16. Junior varsity boys — 4, Abraham Lewis, 20:34.

UP NEXT: 9 a.m. Oct. 25, state meet of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools at Waco Connally Middle School, 100 Hancock Drive in Elm Mott

Marble Falls at Lampasas Invitational

LAMPASAS — The Marble Falls High School cross-country teams competed at the Lampasas Invitational on Oct. 9.

The Lady Mustangs were third in both the varsity and junior varsity divisions. The Mustangs finished third in the varsity division and fourth in the junior varsity division.

RESULTS: Varsity boys — 2, James Ramos, 17:51.4; 9, Ishmael Montoya, 18:44.9; 13, D’Anthony Wall, 18:53.5; 14, Fernando Luna, 18:57.3; 50, Cooper Lawson, 21:07.3. Junior varsity boys — 3, Jose Jimenez, 19:56; 5, Christian Ramirez, 20:09.3; 6, Andre Hooper, 20:13.4; 26, Daniel Mata, 21:59.3; 41, Tait Johnson, 24:13.6. Varsity girls — 2, Tess Johson, 20:40.1; 12, Tincia Ware, 22:28.7; 28, Elizabeth Lane, 24:35.8; 41, Sydney Gibson, 22:51.6; 67, Elizabeth Lane, 24:35.8. Junior varsity girls – 7, Allie Steward, 24:59.7; 19, Arianna Sanchez, 25:16.7; 38, Eloise Holder, 25:35.3; 59, Corey Oppenheim, 25:54.9; 82, Tiffany Dunavant, 26:05.4; 106, Rosa Benitez, 26:07.3

UP NEXT: Oct. 23, District 25-5A meet at Old Settler’s Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd. in Round Rock

Burnet at Lampasas Invitational

LAMPASAS — The Burnet High School girls cross-country team finished third and the boys were sixth at the Lampasas Invitational on Oct. 9.

Both Class 1A-4A varsity divisions drew 11 teams.

Burnet head coach Stuart Dixon said each school from District 25-4A was in attendance because this course is the site of the district meet.

“This was a wonderful chance for us as a team to familiarize ourselves with the nuisance of the course and see all our competitors before the district race,” he said. “By the results of (this meet), it looks like it will be a very close competition in both the girls and boys divisions.”

RESULTS: Varsity boys (97 runners) —  4, Drew Kiser, 17:10; 29, Trevor Turner, 19:04; 34, Nick Menchaca, 19:21; 36, Tanner Abbott, 19:25; 38, Jordin Belmarez, 19:27; 39, Reid Burton, 19:28; 52, Jordan Killebrew, 20:07; 69, Caden Farrell, 20:44; 74, Gage Blair, 21:11;  80, Cole Younger, 21:46. Junior varsity boys — Hunter Woodrum, 36:45. Varsity girls (85 runners) — 3, Abby Bullock, 12:51; 6, Autumn Freasier, 13:08; 17, Crista Paik, 13:34; 23, Jordan Boyles, 13:59; 26, Hailey Lettermen, 14:12; 50, Zoe Stubblefield, 15:13. Junior varsity girls — Julyssa Silva, 19:45

UP NEXT: Oct. 22, District 25-4A meet at Lampasas High School, 2716 U.S. 281 South in Lampasas

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