Gainesville Daily Register

October 17, 2012

CROSS COUNTRY: Runners tune up for district at Rick Neill Memorial

Keith MacPherson, Sports Editor
Gainesville Daily Register

GAINESVILLE — Runners from the Gainesville and Lindsay cross country teams ventured south down Interstate 35 to partcipate in the Rick Neill Memorial in Lewisville on Saturday.

The Lindsay girls team continued to impress with a third place finish in the Class 4A and under division at the meet while the Gainesville boys took fourth on the boys side.

Lauren Gibbs once again led the pace for the Lady Knights, running the 5-kilometer race in 19 minutes, 28 seconds. Teammate Megan Holt followed soon behind in third at 19:51 and Scout Tatum was 14th at 21:12.

Currently ranked No. 2 in Class 1A in the state, Lindsay was second to only Frisco Heritage and Episcopal School of Dallas at Saturday’s race. Sydney McCage was 30th, Katherine Haverkamp was 35th, Jessica Martin was 54th and Brianne Sandmann was 55th overall.

Cale Kennedy’s 12th place, 17 minute, 53 second finish in the 5-kilometer boys Class 4A and under race paced the Leopards cross country team on Saturday.

Gainesville took fourth in the boys race while the girls were pulled at the two mile mark in the girls race. Terry Hall was 20th for the boys at 18:45, Ismael Castaneda was 23rd at 19:08, Jose Ortiz was 32nd at 20:15, Chris Govea was 33rd at 20:18 and Mitchell Case was 42nd at 21:11.

The Lindsay boys took 6th in the 4A and under race with John Price’s 14th place, 18:12 finish leading the way. Travis Block took 26th at 19:17, Dakota Ellender took 28th at 19:43, Blair Martinson was 43rd at 21:19, Jeff Hellman was 44th at 21:38, Kevin Conway was 48th at 22:28 and Collin Clark was 49th at 23:03.

The Gainesville girls were pulled from their race as well as their district rival Sanger at the two-mile mark of the 3.1 mile, 5-kilometer race as both teams continue to prepare for the district meet.

Gainesville will next run at the District 9-3A meet on Thursday, Oct. 25 in Decatur while Lindsay will host the District 11-1A meet on Monday, Oct. 22.