Runners compete at McNeil

By Richard Zowie —


It was a busy Saturday for Fredericksburg High School cross country as the teams split and competed in two different places.

Varsity boys and junior varsity boys, along with JV girls, competed in the Comfort Cross Country Invitational. Then, at the Round Rock McNeil Cross Country Invitational in Round Rock, a team of FHS varsity girls and boys competed.

“Our top 10 runners went to McNeil in Round Rock to run on what is expected to be the new state meet course,” said cross country head coach Dan Aldrich. “The McNeil meet has always attracted many schools because of the course layout and central Texas location. Because of this, the race divisions have grown too big for many kids to compete well at.”

At McNeil, the varsity boys finished 10th while the varsity girls finished 18th.

FHS had more success at Comfort as the varsity boys and JV boys earned fourth and second-place finishes while the JV girls finished third.

Varsity girls runner Clarissa Sanchez had the highest finish of any FHS runner on the day, placing 20th and medaling at McNeil with a time of 12:48.36. Her medal performance came among 360 other runners.

For the varsity boys, Luis Rivas and Ricardo Martinez finished 22nd and 23rd in the division at Comfort.

On the JV side at Comfort, Brandon Kneese led with a 10th-place finish (and Fredericksburg’s only medal winner at Comfort) at 19:05, while, on the girls’ JV side, Zoe Eisenberg finished 12th at 15:04.

“Both of our girls and boys teams did not have a spot on the starting line and we had to start behind other athletes and teams,” Aldrich said, referring to his team’s performances at McNeil. “We were missing our top two boy runners due to injuries and our two to three girl runners, who were participating in other academic activities. Despite these kids missing and the very crowded conditions, we competed well and were able to leave with a positive experience.”

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