DENISON, Texas – The Durant High School cross country teams geared up for the postseason with several strong individual showings in the Denison Cross Country Invitational over the weekend.
On the girls side, the Lady Lions claimed third as a team in the 14-team varsity division while the junior varsity took ninth.
The boys field included 20 teams and a whopping 172 total runners with the DHS varsity placing eighth. The JV1 squad took 14th and the JV2 group finished 18th.
“The kids love running at Denison,” said Durant cross country coach Amanda Reynolds. “I’m not sure if it’s the music blaring across the campus or the rolling hills they enjoy so much, but they love running this meet and seeing some good competition from Texas.
“The boys ran really well, some PR’d, and are seeing a lot of progress from them. The girls competed well also, while trying to nurse some injuries. This meet was the deciding factor on who gets to compete in the Edmond Pre-State Meet on Friday. We will only be taking the top 12 boys and girls to this meet.”
Durant’s girls notched three medalists in the event with Kylee Reed the top finishers with second place invididually in a time of 20 minutes, 55 seconds over the 5K course. Jacy Springer checked in fifth at 21:06 and Regan Ramos was 14th in a time of 22:09.
Additional Lady Lion finishers included Kacy Devora, 30th (23:23); Catie McCraw, 37th (24:04); Kendall Cordell, 38th (24:12); Madilyn Rhynes, 39th (24:15); Petra Gorges, 42nd (24:33); and Cassie Bisson, 44th (24:37).
Other Durant runners that competed in the meet were Val Orozco, 50th (24:49); Evelyn Wilkerson, 57th (25:13); and Brooke Downs, 68th (26:28).
The Lion boys squad notched several personal best times in the event, topped by Dawson Reed, who medaled in 17th place with a time of 18 minutes, 22 seconds.
Dakota Wallace also recorded a personal best mark of 18:58 for 37th place; J.D. Youngblood was 38th (18:59), Dominic Wynn took 56th (19:26) and Jessie Parker ended in 60th (19:31).
Additional Lion placers were Cordell Palmer, 61st (19:32 – personal best); Caden Orlando, 65th (19:45); J.R. Wall, 72nd (20:19 – personal best); Arya Gautam, 75th (20:28); Alex Shastid, 77th (20:30); Alex Stacey, 78th (20:31); Timothy Aliazas, 82nd (20:40); Isiah Marris, 86th (20:51); and Jose Hernandez, 97th (21:12).
Other Lions were Nick Orozco, 100th (21:16); James Ratliffe, 102nd (21:20); Bentley Shattuck, 121st (22:31); Kanon Springer, 131st (23:14); Dillon Bachmann, 141st (24:27); and Stephen Marcum, 148th (25:15).
The Edmond Pre-State Meet is next on the schedule coming up on Friday.
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