Runners host Fredericksburg Invitational

RACING toward a silver medal individual finish, FHS freshman Clarissa Sanchez helped lead the varsity girls to a fourth place finish at the Fredericksburg Cross Country Invitational Saturday at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. —Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Richard Zowie —


“Two” seemed to be Fredericksburg High School’s lucky number Saturday during the Fredericksburg Cross Country Invitational at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Both the boys’ varsity and junior varsity teams finished in second place in their divisions.

On the girls’ side, the varsity girls finished fourth in their division while the JV girls finished fifth.

For varsity girls, freshman varsity runner Clarissa Sanchez took second place overall with a two-mile run of 12:45.

This will be a split weekend for FHS cross country. On Saturday, Oct. 5, the varsity team will compete at the Round Rock McNeil Invitational at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

The freshmen and JV runners will compete at the Comfort Invitational at Comfort High School.

“We had a few minor glitches with spectators and traffic, but overall the meet went smoothly and the weather was perfect,” said FHS cross country head coach Dan Aldrich. “We would like to thank Tamera Heimann and the park staff from Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park for allowing us to compete again this year. In addition, a very big thank you goes out to Officer Chris Ayala from the Fredericksburg Police Department and his Criminal Justice class team, led by senior Hannah Shenk, for the great job in monitoring the courses and providing safety measures from the traffic in the park.”

There were 15 high schools and 12 middle schools competing in the event this year, with over 735 kids registered to run. The actual competitors ended up being just over 600, which was much larger than last year’s meet.

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