Lions finish sixth, Lady Horns seventh, Horns eighth behind Hill's third-place effort

The No. 9 Brownwood Lady Lions were one point shy of defending their home turf and capturing first place, while the Lions came in sixth during the Brownwood Invitational cross country meet Thursday morning at the Brownwood Middle School.

“Most of the time for a home meet we would rest up and really try to be fresh but this week we worked really hard — Saturday, Monday and Tuesday,” said Brownwood cross country head coach Don Hood. “All of our kids were pretty dead-legged after doing a hard hill workout Tuesday. I’m not sure they completely recovered, but in spite of that the times from last year to this year, almost to a person everyone ran faster than last year.”

The Lady Lions tallied 46 points, as Class 6A San Angelo Central walked away with the meet championship with 45 points. The Early Lady Horns also competed in the varsity girls division and placed seventh with 181 points, which trailed Central, Brownwood, Wall (95 points), Georgetown Gateway (125), Harker Heights (138) and Abilene Wylie (160).

“None of our girls were full speed and we only lost by a point,” Hood said. “Kyra Young was sick, Izzy Lawrence was sick and Audrey Boren is nursing a groin strain. Trinity Buitron stepped up and almost won the meet for us. She and Breyle Sauseda ran tough as nails.”

Young led the way for Brownwood with a fourth-place time of 13:08.75 followed by Lawrence (fifth, 13:12.85), Boren (sixth, 13:23.28), Buitron (14th, 13:54.91), Sauseda (16th, 13:56.43), Esmeralda Hernandez (33rd, 14:56.16) and Macy Smith (38th, 15:12.79).

Running for the Lady Horns were Rylie Philpot (12th, 13:51.38), Meagan Richmond (17th, 14:02.44), Jaden Satterlee (41st, 15:20.97), Emily Jillson (57th, 17:12.33), Kenzie Poindexter (59th, 17:23.96) and Brooklyn Richmond (60th, 17:24.09).

On the boys side, the Lions produced 162 points which left them behind San Angelo Central (30), Belton (71), Wall (76), Harker Heights (104) and Georgetown Gateway (151). The Early Longhorns came in eighth with 239 points, right behind Abilene Wylie (226).

“Some of our guys ran three minutes faster than they did on this course last year, but the guys competition was incredibly tough today,” Hood said. “San Angelo Central is just a great team and Belton and Wall are both quality teams, too. I thought we ran really solid and what I’m seeing compared to last year is when we start hurting we’re not shutting down, we’re fighting through it a whole lot better. With that kind of mentality and attitude we have a chance to continue to improve and have a really good team.”

Jason Sanchez was the top finisher for the Lions in 21st place in time of 18:45.23 trailed by Jack Robinson (22nd, 18:46.79), Josh Estrada (42nd, 19:34.66), Damian Cisneros (46th, 19:46.93), Joe Gosch (52nd, 20:04.89), Daniel Martinez (53rd, 20:08.55), Logan Dick (57th, 20:17.93) and Jesse Sanchez (64th, 20:38.32).

Early’s Ryan Hill placed third overall as he was clocked at 17:43.01 to pace the Longhorns’ effort. Also running were Taylor Netherton (65th, 20:39.74), Jim Fowler (69th, 20:45.53), Wade Carter (78th, 21:43.22) and Colton Piri (84th, 22:16.57).

In the JV divisions, Zephyr’s Gabby Durbin (14:08.87) and Thomas Terpening (19:46.21) won the girls and boys races, respectively.

The JV Lady Lions edged out San Angelo Central by one point, 34 to 35, to earn a team title.

Brownwood JV girls runners included Darby Chrysler (fourth, 14:39.45), Carly Person (sixth, 15:15.28), Haylee Allgood (seventh, 15:22.26), Alyssa Couey (eighth, 15:27.13), Taylar Kinzler (ninth, 15:34.46), Jade Christiansen (15th, 16:11.62), Khloe Tobien (16th, 16:11.78), Maddy Garza (17th, 16:11.99), Alexis Dossey (20th, 16:28.86), Ariel Aguirre (24th, 17:01.07), Aubrie Harris (31st, 17:25.93), Julia Nash (39th, 18:16.29) and Vivanna Delgado (49th, 19:24.53).

The JV Lions came in third as a team as runners included Zack Smith (12th, 20:58.59), Conner Fitzgerald (13th, 21:37.77), Simeon Bates (24th, 22:33.99), Dolph Rumfield (50th, 23:59.81), Aaron Menchaca (53rd, 24:07.67), Hunter McMillan (56th, 24:26.24), Sebastian Rodriguez (62nd, 25:04.47), George Swindle (63rd, 25:14.14), Juan Zamora (71st, 26:02.48), Adrian Vielma (80th, 27:09.75) and Alex Vielma (84th, 27:34.28).

Other boys competing on Zephyr’s fourth-place team were Hunter Pitman (26th, 22:38.6), Orin Kern (29th, 22:45.9), Trent Hallum (34th, 23:01.19), Adrian Sandoval (64th, 25:15.63) and John Ford Wall (85th, 28:07.12).

Also running for the fifth-place Zephyr girls were Brittany Cornelius (42nd, 18:27.6), Aspen Williams (43rd, 18:34.88), Jaylee Walters (46th, 18:52.05), Meadow Reynolds (47th, 19:07.23), Kensli Rockafellow (54th, 20:57.91), Sidney Mangus (56th, 21:30.53), Hannah Thomas (57th, 21:37.3) and Andrea Howard (58th, 21:45.17).

The next meet for the Brownwood varsity is Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park — site of the Region I-4A meet in late October.

“We need a top runner on both sides,” Hood said regarding the team goals going forward. “We need someone to step up and start putting out really good times. Jason and Jack on the boys side are both battling that way and I hope the two of them will end up dropping a lot of time. To have a good team you have to have a Top 10 guy and we don’t right now.

“On the girls side we’re solid as a group and our fourth and fifth runners are closing the gap between the first three runners, but we need one of the first three to step up and be a Jessica Romero type that goes out with the leader and runs with her. I think that’s going to happen. Between the top three girls, one of them is going to really step out.”