By DARIN ALLRED
Register Sports Editor
After having the district cross country meet delayed a couple of days because of rain, the Lindsay Lady Knights finally got to run on their home course and it paid off as the girls took home the varsity team championship at the District 17-A meet held Wednesday afternoon.
All seven of Lindsay’s runners placed in the top 14 as the Lady Knights finished first with 25 points. Muenster was second with 43 and Era was third with 67.
Lindsay, Muenster and Era will all advance to the Class A Region III meet to be held at Lone Star College in Humble.
Lindsay’s Kelsey Hermes took top individual honors by finishing first with a time of 13:02.91. While she wasn’t happy with her time, she was proud to be the district champion.
“It’s pretty awesome I guess,” she said of the win. “I wasn’t really pleased with my time and I didn’t feel really good today. I’m hoping I just push myself harder these next two weeks. I knew on this track I kind of go really slow on it, but I was hoping I would push myself really hard.”
Hermes’ teammate Megan Caillier finished third with a time of 14:06.48. Also for Lindsay, Megan Holt was fifth (14:17.03), Jordan Fleitman was eighth (14:25.12), Shirley Hess was 10th (14:34.17), Bethani Eberhart was 11th (14:39.70) and Jessica Block was 14th (15:10.69).
Hermes said she was proud of how her teammates ran in helping the Lady Knights to yet another district team title.
“I’m really proud of everyone else,” she added. “Some of them are really down about it. I think we will do fine. All of us getting into the top 15 will help.”
Muenster sophomore Emily Hellman placed second to lead the Lady Hornets. She had a time of 13:31.63.
Also for Muenster, Leaha Smith was fourth (14:12.02), Paige Herr was seventh (14:25.12), Michelle Sicking was 16th (15:13.64), Kalyn Dangelmayr was 17th (15:15.70), Lana Heers was 23rd (15:30.80) and Lauren Rohmer was 45th (18:24.78).
For Era, Dana Schumacher finished ninth (14:32.86), Carlee Black was 12th (14:53.90), Leah Doughty was 13th (15:01.82), Jacy Steelman was 18th (15:17.02), Cheree Kiser was 20th (15:24.16), Brittany Wilson was 24th (15:31.61) and Sabrina Mask was 29th (15:54.12).
Now Lindsay, Muenster and Era will turn their attention to the regional meet to be held in two weeks. Hermes says she can’t wait.
“I love going to the regional meet,” she said. “It’s my favorite course. It seems to go really fast and that’s usually where I get my personal best.”
In the varsity boys race, none of the three area schools participating had enough runners to field a full team, but that didn’t keep two of them from qualifying for regionals.
Era’s Zach Denison, who was the runner-up at this meet last year, finished first Wednesday with a time of 18:13.98.
“It's really cool and really exciting,” Denison said of his district championship performance. “A bunch of other people could of got it, but I did.”
The Hornet runner says he wasn’t completely happy with his performance, but he is happy to get the win in tough weather conditions.
“It was OK. It wasn't my best time but my time was OK,” he said. “I think mainly it was the weather. The wind was a big factor at the start but at the end it was great.”
Now Denison will get ready for the regional meet in Humble. So how does he think he will do?
“I don't really know,” he said. “Not a lot of people (who made it to regionals) graduated from last year, so we’ll see. I ran good at that track last year.”
Lindsay’s Travis Block finished ninth with a time of 20:03.56 to qualify him for the regional meet as well.
Also for Lindsay, Josh Timmins was 16th (20:57.34) and Thomas Rohmer was 20th (21:16.18). For Era, Victor Rodriguez was 23rd (21:37.71).
Results from the junior varsity and junior high races will appear in Friday’s Register
By DARIN ALLRED
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