Cross Country Qualifies for District Meet

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  • Davidson Collin ‘17 sprints to catch up and finish strong.

  • Min Kim ‘17 gives a final burst of speed in the finishing part of the trail.

  • John Barret ‘17 pushes his last 800 meters to finish the race strong.

  • The varsity team pushes through their competition to get a starting lead in the race.

  • Satyvan Malpani ‘19 paces through the last part of the race to finish strong.

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The JV and varsity cross country teams attended the Round Rock ISD Andy Jackson Invitationals, held at the Town and Country Optimist Club Soccer Fields on Thursday, Oct. 13, and successfully qualified for the district meet.

This was an anticipated meet in which five schools (Stony Point, Round Rock, Cedar Ridge, McNeil, and Westwood High School) competed with each other to see which would qualify for the district meet. The varsity and JV boys and girls all ran a 3200-meter race with Westwood falling slightly behind in the competition. Some of the runners managed to score well with varsity runner Junna Castel ‘20 getting 25th place with a time of 14:09 minutes and JV runner Satyavan Malpani ‘19 getting 50th place with a time of 12:37.

“Before the race, I thought that I would get destroyed by the rest of the competition,” Malpani said. “In the end, I don’t think that I ran the best that I could have run, but I did somewhat surprise myself because I thought I would do a lot worse.”

JV runners James Dong ‘19 and Ava Hsu ‘19 ran well in their events with Dong taking 57th place with a time of 14:22 and Hsu snatching 19th place with a time of 15:23.

“I thought I did really well during my race,” JV runner Dong said. “I do not think that I should have tried any harder than I did because if I tried any harder I would’ve died via heart attack.”

Varsity runners Linette Page ‘19 and Dennis Meaux ‘17 both finished the race with Page getting 29th place with a time of 14:21 minutes, and Meaux with 16:45 and 68th place. Zach Shrull ‘19 also ran well, placing 18th and clocking it in with 10:59.

“Overall, I think I did pretty well, but I think that I could’ve done a little better,” varsity member Page said. “Now that I think about it, I think that I tried my hardest for that time, but hopefully I come in with a better time during district. Race-wise, we definitely could have done better, but the meet was still great because almost everyone came and we were able to play soccer, hang out, and bond as a team before districts.”

The next cross country meet will be the district meet on Thursday, Oct. 20. The complete results of the meet can be found here.