Over 500 runners were here on Saturday to compete in the Fredericksburg High School Cross Country Invitational at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.
“This past weekend, we hosted the 2016 Fredericksburg Cross Country Invitational with 296 boys and 269 girls finishing the races,” Coach Dan Aldrich said.
“The weather was perfect and the teams visiting had a great time running the hills of the park against solid competition,” he said.
“A big thanks goes to our adult volunteers, Fredericksburg Police Officer Chris Ayala and Shane Purvis’ Criminal Justice team from FHS and the staff at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park for allowing us to host our meet again this year,” Aldrich said.
On Saturday, the FHS varsity boys and varsity girls each finished third in their divisions while the Billies won both JV divisions.
“I am very proud of our group in how they handled the emotional stresses of the week we experienced in the Fredericksburg Independent School District community,” Aldrich said. “It is always nice to see how our athletes come together as a family and represent themselves in times of difficulty.”
This week, the FHS varsity boys and girls will be running in the McNeil Cross Country Invitational at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
“Last year, there were over 400 runners in our division that showed up to compete and this year I am expecting the same,” Aldrich said. “We race at 11:40 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.”
FHS varsity girls
With 78 points, the FHS varsity girls finished third in the team standings at the Fredericksburg Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.
Bandera was first with 41 points and Kerrville was second with 76 points.
“Two-time state champion Bandera won the varsity girls division, and it was great to see that we were not far behind them,” Aldrich said.
Hopefully in the next four weeks, we will be able to gain some more ground on them as we battle for regional and state qualifying team spots,” Aldrich said.
Finishing behind FHS were Boerne with 98 points, Wimberley with 158 points, Harper with 164 points, Llano with 180 points, Brady with 211 points, Nueces Canyon with 213 points and Canyon Lake with 264 points.
Leading the FHS girls across the finish line on Saturday was Mia Torres, 11th with a time of 13:04; Bethany Kendrick, 13th with a time of 13:08; Julissa Sanchez, 14th with a time of 13:11; Lauren Kennedy, 17th with a time of 13:18, and Clarissa Sanchez, 23rd with a time of 13:31.
Also, Nicole Penick was 25th with a time of 13:34, Jennifer Ramirez was 39th with a time of 14:00 and Kambree Kothmann was 50th with a time of 14:06.
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