Bridgeland runners finish successful season at state meet

November 13, 2019

Bridgeland High School sophomore Elisa Grillo placed 100th overall with a time of 19:29.03 at the UIL Cross Country State Championships, held Nov. 9 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. (Photo by Jacob Grosch, Bridgeland HS)
Bridgeland High School sophomore Elisa Grillo placed 100th overall with a time of 19:29.03 at the UIL Cross Country State Championships, held Nov. 9 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. (Photo by Jacob Grosch, Bridgeland HS)

Nov. 13, 2019—The Bridgeland High School girls’ cross country team placed eighth overall in Class 6A with a team score of 370 at the UIL Cross Country State Championships, held Nov. 9 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Sophomore Cassidy Graham led the female Bears with a time of 18:27.79 to finish 28th overall. Sophomore Allison Millan placed 64th overall with a time of 18:57.88, while sophomore Madeleine Wilson finished 78th overall with a time of 19:05.60. Junior Athena Reyna finished 85th overall with a time of 19:11.73 and sophomore Elisa Grillo finished 100th overall with a time of 19:29.03. Senior Haley Williams and freshman Brooke Hensley rounded out the Bear’s state meet with times of 19:36.41 and 19:42.89, respectively.  

“The girls had a fantastic season,” said Tom Kennedy, Bridgeland girls’ cross county head coach. “They swept the district titles with two perfect scores, advanced to the state meet and placed eighth overall in Texas. We also have our first collegiate signee with Haley Williams singing to compete for St. Edwards University. I’m very proud of their hard work over the summer and throughout the season as it enabled them to accomplish these feats. We’re looking forward to what 2020 will bring with their performances in track and cross country.”

Bridgeland High School junior Randy Smith was the only male from CFISD to compete at the UIL Cross Country State Championships and placed 37th overall with a time of 15:32.21, a new personal record. (Photo by Jacob Grosch, Bridgeland HS)
Bridgeland High School junior Randy Smith was the only male from CFISD to compete at the UIL Cross Country State Championships and placed 37th overall with a time of 15:32.21, a new personal record. (Photo by Jacob Grosch, Bridgeland HS)

In the 6A boys’ division, Bridgeland junior Randy Smith was the only male from CFISD to compete at the state meet, finishing 37th overall with a time of 15:32.21, a new personal record.

“To be in the top 40 at the Texas 6A state meet as a junior is an outstanding achievement,” said Kevin Waters, Bridgeland boys’ cross country head coach. “We talk a lot about following our process, commitment, hard/smart work and smiling all year long on our team --- and all 58 members of the team were smiling from ear to ear when they found out that Randy placed 37th and ran a personal record. Randy ran a smart and savvy race on a course that he had never run before, which is a testament to his preparation and commitment to the process and a metric ton of heart and determination. Randy is our version of ‘Lewis and Clark’ by being the first male Bridgeland Bear to go to state. He has made it possible for the entire team to get there and to compete for a team title in the future.”

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