Cy Woods boys, Bridgeland girls clinch district cross country titles

October 14, 2018

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The Cypress Woods High School boys cross country team celebrates its District 14-6A team championship at Spring Creek Park in Tomball on Oct. 12. Pictured are: Xavier Torres, Jaden Callaway, Merritt Montgomery, Troy Junior Reeves, Luke Abad, Ethan Escobedo, John Cantu and Greg Zarate, the Wildcats’ cross country head coach.

Oct. 14, 2018—While the Cypress Woods High School boys repeated as team champions, the Bridgeland High School girls made an outstanding debut in the state’s largest classification, joining the Wildcats in winning team titles at the District 14-6A Cross Country Championships, held Oct. 12 at Spring Creek Park in Tomball.

In District 17-6A, the Cypress Ridge High School boys were the top-finishing team among CFISD schools at their respective league championships, held Oct. 11 at Nottingham Park in Houston. The Rams placed third.

The top three teams and 10 individuals in each race will advance to the regional championships to be held Oct. 22. The Region II-6A Cross Country Championships will be at Lynn Creek Park (5610 Lake Ridge Parkway) in Grand Prairie. The Region III-6A Cross Country Championships will be at Kate Barr-Ross Park (486 State Highway 75 N.) in Huntsville.

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The Bridgeland High School girls cross country team celebrates its District 14-6A team championship at Spring Creek Park in Tomball on Oct. 12. Pictured are: Cassidy Graham, Allison Millan, Natalie Mason, Athena Reyna, Elisa Grillo, Maddie Wilson, Haley Williams.

The Cypress Woods boys won their second consecutive district championship, as their top four runners all placed among the top 10 finishers to earn 47 points. The Wildcats finished ahead of runner-up Tomball Memorial (59) and third-place Bridgeland (75).

The Wildcats’ top five runners to contribute to their score were junior Xavier Torres (third overall, 16:46.38), junior Jaden Callaway (fourth, 16:50.13), senior Merritt Montgomery (ninth, 17:07.58), senior Troy Julio Reeves (10th, 17:09.49) and freshman Luke Abad (26th, 18:21.64).

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Jersey Village High School junior Victoria Sky-Eagle (left) and senior Cyrus Washington both qualified for the Region III-6A Cross Country Championships after each posted top-10 finishes at the 17-6A championships Oct. 11 at Nottingham Park in Houston. Sky-Eagle placed 10th overall while Washington placed sixth overall on the boys’ side. (Photo by Mariela Vargas, Jersey Village HS)

“I am very proud of the guys in repeating as district champions,” said Greg Zarate, Cypress Woods cross country head coach. “We have had several guys step it up this year and really contribute big time for the team. It’s been a joy to see how they have grown as a group. They set a goal and did what it took to get where they are today.”

Bridgeland’s third-place score featured sophomore Randy Smith (14th overall, 17:30.34), junior Dominic Campbell (15th, 17:40.91), sophomore Jorge Cantu (16th, 17:42.74), junior Cody Gambrell (17th, 17:46.26) and junior Gian Baba (18th, 17:50.07).

Cypress Springs High School senior Allen Gonzalez won the individual championship with a time of 16:41.53. Also advancing to regionals were Langham Creek High School junior Isaac Warring (seventh overall, 16:57.70) and Cypress Ranch High School junior Ivan Garcia (sixth, 16:56.58).

The Bridgeland girls made the successful jump to 6A by claiming the top three individual spots and placing its top six finishers among the top 13 runners to record a score of 20 points. The Bears finished ahead of runner-up Cypress Woods (48) and third-place Cypress Ranch (76).

The top five Bears to comprise their winning score were freshman Cassidy Graham, who won the individual championship with a time of 19:09.86, freshman Allison Millan (second overall, 19:25.22), sophomore Natalie Mason (third, 19:38.19), sophomore Athena Reyna (fifth, 20:13.57) and freshman Elisa Grillo (ninth, 20:37.41).

“I'm extremely proud of the girls for their buy-in and positive attitudes this year,” said Tom Kennedy, Bridgeland girls cross country head coach. “The willingness to put in the summer mileage and continue with the intensity we added during the fall led to season-best performances at the end of the season.  Our varsity girls are excited about advancing to region and getting the opportunity to compete for a state berth.”

Cypress Woods’ runner-up finish came from senior Mary Rodriguez (sixth overall, 20:22.26), senior Amber Byrd (seventh, 20:31.70), senior Naomi Davis (eighth, 20:35.61), junior Elizabeth Davis (11th, 20:48.51) and freshman Ariane Williams (16th, 21:06.69).

Cypress Ranch’s third-place score featured senior Madelyn Taylor (fourth overall, 19:49.54), senior Victoria Hubler (14th, 20:50.80), senior Laurynn Hogan (15th, 21:01.20), freshman Anna Demeritt (22nd, 21:37.45) and senior Lauren Graham (23rd, 21.52.46).

In 17-6A, the Cypress Ridge boys totaled 70 points to finish third behind Stratford and Memorial. The Rams’ score featured senior Jarrell Reynolds (third overall, 16:35.81), junior Rodrigo Sanchez (10th, 17:03.19), sophomore Benjamin Leger (15th, 17:19.79), junior Mizael Flores (18th, 17:26.54) and junior Braulio Portillo (24th, 17:39.40).

Also advancing to regionals were Jersey Village High School senior Cyrus Washington (sixth overall, 16:50.48), Cypress Creek High School sophomore Ben Countiss (eighth, 16:57.79) and Cy-Fair High School sophomore Sidharth Shyamkumar (ninth, 16:58.90).

In the girls’ competition, Jersey Village junior Victoria Sky-Eagle advanced to regional competition after she finished 10th overall with a time of 20:14.52.

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