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Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

Track, Field, & Cross-Country

Korban Murphy 24 attempts to pass other athletes to move up the ranks. Murphy placed the highest out of all the varsity boys, with his 26th place finish leading the team to their qualification.

Varsity Boys Cross Country Claims Victory and Advances to State

Aanika Hirode, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 27, 2022

For the first time in Westwood history, the varsity boys cross-country team qualified for the state meet on Sunday, Oct. 24. Finishing in fourth place just behind New Braunfels, they are one of four...

Ganesh Kumarappan ‘23 and Korban Murphy ‘24 celebrate their success after the race. The boys finished in 23rd and 10th place respectively and will be competing at the regional meet.

Varsity Boys Cross Country Qualifies For Regionals

Aanika Hirode, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 18, 2022

For the first time since 1992, the varsity boys' cross-country team qualified for the regional meet on Thursday, Oct. 13. Korban Murphy ’24 and William Murray ‘23 led the team in 10th and 12th...

The varsity girls team celebrates their second place ranking. This meet marked the most medalists the team has had this season.

Cross Country Competes at Final RRISD Invitational

Aanika Hirode, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 12, 2022

Continuing a successful season, the cross country team competed in the RRISD Andy Jackson Invitational at Old Settlers Park. Athletes in each team saw success as they competed in their final invitational...

Priya Gangadharan 23 races to the finish line in the 5000-meter run. The team worked hard all summer in preparation for this meet and the rest of our season.

Cross Country Reaches New Heights at Giddings Invitational

Aanika Hirode, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 5, 2022

The cross country teams had another week of success at the Giddings Invitational at Camp Tejas. Varsity boys claimed a third place score in the 5000-meter run, and JV boys also excelled in the event. While...

Preston Sanderville 23 competes in the competitive 5000-meter run. Sanderville ended up earning eighth place in the event, securing a new personal record with his time.

Cross Country Begins Their Season at Vista Ridge Invitational

Aanika Hirode, Arts & Entertainment Editor September 1, 2022

As the sun rose on Friday, Aug. 27, the cross country team officially began their season at the Vista Ridge Invitational. With over 30 teams competing, the athletes pulled off several impressive victories....

Xavier Ashford 23 completes a successful handoff with Demani Stewart during the 4x100 relay.

Ten Track Athletes Move on to Regionals

Amy Simon, Sports Editor April 22, 2022

On Thursday, April 21, the track team took 14 athletes to the area meet in hopes of attaining a regionals qualification. Ten athletes qualified over eight events and will compete at the regionals meet...

Ella Wood 23 jumps over the high jump bar at the Round Rock Invitational Meet.

14 Track Athletes Advance to the Area Meet

Hannah Ashtari, Managing Editor April 19, 2022

On Tuesday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 13, the track team competed at the district meet at the Hutto Memorial Stadium. Fourteen athletes qualified over eight events. The area competition will take...

Gangadharan crosses the finish line during a race. “The competitive aspect [of racing] is awesome, but it’s more like I love being surprised by new terrains in the races,” Gangadharan said.

Priya Gangadharan Shares Her Journey of Running to the Cross Country State Championship

Hannah Ashtari, Managing Editor November 5, 2021

It all started with a sign. Not a metaphorical one, but a literal sign on the sign of the road that catalyzed Priya Gangadharan’s ‘23 journey to running, the Westwood Cross Country team, and the...

Deepti Choudhury 21 places 7th in the 6A girls race. Choudhury went out with the top pack, and held on to finish the 5K in 18 minutes and 20 seconds.

Cross Country Sends Two Athletes to State

Nima Ashtari, Community & World News Editor October 31, 2019

At the UIL Regional Cross Country Meet, nearly 200 of the fastest qualifying athletes in each region battled for coveted spots at the prestigious UIL State meet, held in Old Settlers Park. The regional...

The Varsity Girls get set on the starting line.

Cross Country Advances Nine Athletes to Regionals

Nima Ashtari, Community & World News Editor October 22, 2019

The cross country team capped off a successful season at Old Settlers Park on Thursday, Oct. 17 with a strong showing across the boys and girls divisions. Nine athletes, including all seven varsity...

The varsity boys begin the race on the football field.  The large clump soon narrowed to a lead pack of ten runners. Photo courtesy of Ramesh Swaminathan.

Cross Country Takes Third at Lago Vista Invite

Nima Ashtari, Community & World News Editor September 16, 2019

The cross country team braved the hilly terrain of Lago Vista on Friday, Sept. 13 in a meet attended by 34 schools from the central Texas area. The varsity boys placed third with 90 points after being...

Pablo Lomeli 21, Zach Carver 21, and Nima Ashtari 20 jostle for space at the start of the race.

Cross Country Opens Season at Vista Ridge Invite

Nima Ashtari, Community & World News Editor August 26, 2019

After a grueling summer of training, the cross country team began racing on Friday, August 23 at the annual Vista Ridge Invitational, hosted by Vista Ridge High School. In a competitive field of 40...

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