November 19, 2020
Bridgeland High School senior Randy Smith lead the Bridgeland boys by finishing eighth overall at the Region II-6A Cross Country Championships on Nov.10. The Bears qualified as a team to become the first boys’ team in school history to advance to the UIL Cross Country State Championships set for Nov. 23-24 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. (Photo by Madison Gunn, Bridgeland HS)
Nov. 19, 2020—The Bridgeland High School boys’ cross country team and Bridgeland senior Athena Reyna qualified for the UIL Cross Country State Championships at the Region II-6A Cross Country Championships on Nov. 10 at Jesse Owens Memorial Complex in Dallas.
For the first time in program history, the Bridgeland boys placed third at the regional championships with an overall score of 103 with senior Randy Smith finishing eighth overall (15:38.66). Senior Jacob Grosch followed Smith with a 16th-place finish (15:55.91). Also running for the Bears were senior Ethan Conville (29th, 16:14.24), sophomore Noah Willows (38th, 16:23.90), junior Alex Chambliss (40th, 16:25.97), junior Reid Smith (47th, 16:36.94) and senior Jorge Cantu (58th, 16:54.48).
“I am extremely proud of each and every one of the young men who have worked incredibly hard and fought through this unprecedented difficult time, kept the goal in mind and were able to make history by being the first boys cross country team in Bridgeland’s history to qualify for the state championships,” said Kevin Waters, Bridgeland boys’ cross country head coach. “From the moment that we opened the doors four years ago we have worked diligently and tirelessly to become one of the best programs in the state and by qualifying, we have taken a giant leap in reaching that goal. We are excited to travel to Round Rock to represent our community and compete for a state championship. Even though only seven guys will run in the race, it has taken the entire 75-member team to get us to where we are today.”
Bridgeland High School senior Athena Reyna finished 20th overall at the Region II-6A Cross Country Championships to advance to the UIL State Cross Country Championships scheduled for Nov. 23-24 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. Reyna is the only female runner from CFISD to advance to the state meet. (Photo by Madison Gunn, Bridgeland HS)
Bridgeland runner Athena Reyna was the only female runner from CFISD to qualify for the UIL Cross Country State Championships finishing 20th overall (19:03.49).
“I’m very proud of Athena for going out on a strong note with a state-qualifying performance in her senior year,” said Tom Kennedy, Bridgeland girls’ cross country head coach. “She ran a very smart race and didn’t let anything deter her from her goal. I look forward to seeing how she ends her incredible cross country career.”
The UIL Cross Country State Championships will be held Nov. 23-24 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.