Thorndale girls, Milano boys run to district cross country crowns
Their counterparts, the Milano girls and Thorndale boys squads, earned third place team honors in their respective divisions.
All four varsity teams have qualified for the Class A Region IV cross country championships on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The first Class A race will begin at 10 a.m.
The Lady Dogs squad blew away their competition, winning the district championship by 15 points. Thorndale scored 30 points, compared to second place Thrall (45) and third place Milano (48).
Senior Kristen Butterworth is the girls cross country champion, winning the varsity girls race with a time of 13 minutes, 49 seconds on the two mile course. She was the only runner under the 14 minute mark.
Other top 10 medalists who qualified individually for regionals along with the team were Hope Onstot (5th), Shelbi Schneider (6th) and Marlene Hall (9th).
Also running for the Lady Dogs were Taylor Smith (11th), Faith Onstot (14th) and Lizzie Marr (20th).
Milano’s varsity girls were paced by freshman Megan Pendergrass and her second place finish at 14 minutes, five seconds. Next was Melodie Jones at 10th place at 15 minutes, 20 seconds. Both girls also qualified for regionals as individuals.
Other team members were Alejandra Ruelas (12th), Victoria Garcia (13th), Sarah Pedroza (15th), Fallon Ferguson (30th), Nikki Herring (DNF).
EAGLE CHAMPIONS— Milano’s varsity boys won the district title by five points over second place Granger. Milano had 43 points and Granger 48. Third place Thorndale finished with 49 points.
Four Eagle runners also qualified for regionals as individuals with top 10 finishes.
Freshman Kain Dodd led Milano runners with a seventh place finish and a time of 20 minutes, 35 seconds on the 3.1 mile course.
Derek Walton (8th), Efrain Flores (9th) and Justin Grimes (10th) were the other individual medalist.
Also running for Milano were Sabian Pugh (16th), Treyton Steinbecker (21st) and Alex Ferrara (DNF).
Seniors Keon Mays was second and Aaron Laurence paced Thorndale’s third place team finish in the varsity boys race.
Mays finished with the time of 18 minutes, 56 seconds. Laurence ran a time of 20 minutes, 10 seconds.
Other Bulldog runners were Isidro Hernandez (12th), Ray Stewart (13th), Eric Hinistroza (26th), Gabriel Salinas (31st) and Jack Marr (33rd).
The times of the team’s top five finishers are what count toward the team standings.
JV RUNNERS—Thorndale had four girls in the junior varsity race. Shelby Anders is the JV girls district champion with a time of 15 minutes, 34 seconds.
Shelby Thomason was third, Mara Mata was seventh and Julianna Byrd was 10th.
The lone Thorndale JV boys competitor was Brian Crockett who finished eighth overall.
Milano’s Junior Gallarado was 13th in the JV boys race.
JUNIOR HIGH—Thorndale’s junior high girls team took fourth place honors in their division. They were led by Devin Dickerson who finished third at 14 minutes, 31 seconds.
Jordyne Leslie was 6th, Sierra Henderson was eighth, Shelby Doucet 22nd and Hadley Holder 39th for the Lady Dogs.
Gause sixth grader Faith Walton finished fifth in the junior high girls race with a time of 14 minutes, 58 seconds.
Other Lady Bear runners were Kendall Lee (23rd) and Alexandra Mendoza (DNF).
Thorndale’s junior high boys runner was Mack Morris who placed 17th overall.
Milano’s lone junior high runner, Bryce Hughes, placed 26nd in the junior high boys division.
Gause had four runners in the junior high boys race, led by Matt Edgar in 35th place. Seth Vinton was 36th, Jaxon Hayles 38th and Cameron Cooper 45th.