The Brownwood Lady Lions added to their collection of championship trophies this semester by defending their home turf at the Brownwood Invitational Wednesday afternoon. The Lions, meanwhile, finished second behind Class 6A Round Rock McNeil.
The Lady Lions generated 52 points, four fewer than runner-up Clyde (56) and 16 less than third-place San Saba (68). Goldthwaite finished sixth overall, Zephyr was ninth and Richland Springs came in 10th place. Brookesmith also competed on the girls side.
In boys action, the McNeil Mavericks tallied 28 points followed by Brownwood with 52, two fewer than District 5-4A rival Abilene Wylie (54). Goldthwaite, San Saba and Richland Springs also had runners compete, but not enough to qualify in the team standings.
For the first-place Lady Lions, Kyra Young finished third in a time of 12:26.3, just ahead of fourth-place Darby Crysler with a 12:39.1. Audrey Boren also placed in the Top 10 with the eighth-best time of 12:58.15, trailed by Trinity Buitron (18th, 13:36.73), Izzy Lawrence (19th, 13:38.3) and Alex Fowler (29th, 14:08.19).
For the second-place Lions, Joe Gosch led the charge with a third -place effort of 16:49.11. Roman McKibben came in seventh in 17:12.82, Damian Cisneros placed 10th at 17:24.06, and Jason Sanchez was 11th at17:26.8, followed by Hunter Day (23rd, 18:42.17), Logan Dick (31st, 19:15.04), Brayden Yazell (38th, 19:54.87), Eloy Castillo (47th, 21:24.32), Jesse Sanchez (53rd, 21:47.53) and Garrett Ellis (56th, 22:07.99).
Jaxson LeFeber of Round Rock McNeil (16:00.96) posted the fastest boys time, while the top girls performance belonged to Maddie Marrone of Round Rock McNeil (12:11.61).
San Saba's Brighton Adams was second in girls action in a time of 12:35.5, while the rest of the Lady Dillos squad included Kylee Eckermann (sixth, 12:54.5), Courtnee Cash (ninth, 13:03.98), Kaleigh Ellis (11th, 13:07.01), Abigail Jimenez (42nd, 14:49.47) and Christina Robles (52nd, 15:11.27).
Competing for the Goldthwaite girls were Kylee Medina (fifth, 12:48.04), Madison Martinez (33rd, 14:19.04), Ally Hopper (36th, 14:35.15), Callie Jernigan (37th, 14:37.84), Kylee Jo Sutherland (14:39.12), Jasmine Balencia (45th, 14:54.81), Macy Seward (50th, 15:05.42), Kelly Ables (51st, 15:09.92), Alyssa Herrera (57th, 15:25.56), and Haylee Purcell (60th, 15:42.91).
Zephyr's charge included Gabby Durbin (15th, 13:18.41), Britney Cornelius (79th, 17:26.75), Emily Primrose (80th, 17:30.22), Jaylee Walters (83rd 17:46.95), Sidney Mangus (85th, 17:50.1), Meadow Reynolds (88th, 19:20.88) and Aspen Williams (92nd, 21:38.06).
Richland Springs' team was comprised of Kaitlyn Sutherland (61st, 15:44.09), Berkley Mann (62nd, 16:10.49), Atrel Carlisle (73rd, 17:00.8), Kamree Lewis (76th, 17:20.07), Keleigh Crysler (77th, 17:20.24) and Kimberly Nilson (81st, 17:31.54).
Brookesmith also had four runners compete — Katie Harris (39th, 14:40.68), Khloe Brummett (53rd, 15:12.64), Chyna Allgood (68th, 16:31.39) and Sesily Morris (72nd, 16:35.66) — one shy of qualifying as a team.
In boys action, running for Goldthwaite were Diego Castorena (28th, 18:55.52), Breckon Reyes (43rd, 20:46.8), Bayleigh Hicks (47th, 21:09.68) and Wyatt Adams (61st, 25:52.68).
San Saba competitors included Andrew Arellano (20th, 18:26.09), Sprynt Scott (35th, 19:41.89), Tommy Galindo (44th, 20:52.78), and Elu Davila (59th, 23:33.79).
Richland Springs' James Carlisle finished 29th in a time of 18:57.36.
In JV action, the Lady Lions finished third with 56 points, trailing McNeil (36) and Goldthwaite (55), while the Lions were second with 55 points, trailing only McNeil (16).