CFISD qualifies five runners for cross country state championships

October 26, 2017

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Cypress Springs junior Allen Gonzalez (second from left) and Cypress Woods senior Alex Esposito (No. 1179) were CFISD’s two male runners to qualify for the UIL Class 6A Cross Country State Championships after competing at regionals Oct. 23.

Oct. 26, 2017—Five individual runners representing three CFISD high schools qualified for the UIL Cross Country State Championships at the Region III Cross Country Championships, held Oct. 23 at Kate Barr-Ross Park in Huntsville.

Cypress Woods and Cypress Springs high schools each qualified two runners to the 6A championships, while Bridgeland High School made history by qualifying a runner to the 5A championships in its first year.

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Cypress Woods senior Lina Spjut (fourth from left) and Cypress Springs senior Monique Spruill (second from right) were the CFISD’s two female Class 6A qualifiers for the UIL Cross Country State Championships after competing at regionals Oct. 23.

A year after qualifying for state with her teammates, Cypress Woods senior Lina Spjut returns after she finished eighth overall (19:27.70) at the regional championships. On the boy’s side, Cypress Woods senior Alex Esposito qualified for the first time after he placed 14th (16:38.00) at regionals.

“Lina and Alex did an outstanding job in doing what they had to do to make sure they made it to state,” said Gregory Zarate, Cypress Woods head cross country coach. “I know (Esposito) made this opportunity a goal for him since last year’s regional race. Knowing that he is able to cap off his high school cross country career at the biggest meet of the year is so rewarding for me as a coach.”

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Cypress Woods senior Alex Esposito (second from left) and Cypress Springs junior Allen Gonzalez (third from right) were CFISD’s two male runners to qualify for the UIL Class 6A Cross Country State Championships after competing at regionals Oct. 23.

Cypress Springs junior Allen Gonzalez was the district’s top finisher at the regional championships, placing fourth overall (16:17.10). On the girl’s side, Cypress Springs senior Monique Spruill finished 16th (19:36.90) to qualify.

In Class 5A, Bridgeland freshman Natalie Mason became the new school’s first-ever state qualifier after she finished sixth overall (19:28.00).

“We thought Natalie had a promising future based on her performance at Smith Middle School. Natalie quickly adjusted to high school training and racing, and she became Bridgeland’s first state qualifier,” said Tom Kennedy, Bridgeland girls cross country head coach. “We’re looking forward to her historic run in Round Rock next week and we’re all very proud of her.”

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Bridgeland freshman Natalie Mason competes at the Region III-5A cross country championships Oct. 23 and qualified for the state meet, becoming the school’s first-ever state qualifier.

In the team competition at the regional championships, the Cypress Woods girls placed fifth overall with 164 points, while Cypress Ranch (234) and Cypress Springs (286) finished eighth and 10th respectively.

The Cypress Woods boys finished sixth on the boy’s side with 225 points, while Cypress Ranch (329) placed 11th and Langham Creek (332) finished 12th.

The Bridgeland boys and girls both placed eighth overall in the team competition. The girls tallied 222 points while the boys finished with 235 points.

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