Runners from three area schools spent their Saturday morning squaring off on the natural terrain by Lindsay High School competing at the LHS cross country meet.
The Era girls varsity team took home first place, Lindsay runner Scout Tatum finished atop the field of 51 girls runners and LHS and EHS placed second and third in the boys race.
Tatum won the race comfortably with a time of 12 minutes, but it was Era’s depth that gave them first as a team in the girls race. Kylie Howard placed fifth by finishing in 12:59, Ashley Downe took sixth by finishing with a time of 13:03 and Sofia Zavala rounded out the Lady Hornets’ Top 10 finishes by placing seventh, completing the run in 13:05.
Also helping Era win the meet were 14th place Hannah Erwin who ran a time of 13:16, Courtney Neu, who finished 24th with a time of 13:52 and Chelsea Howard, who took 26th after finishing in 13:58.
As a team, the Lindsay girls took fourth, thanks to Tatum’s top finish and LHS runners Mariah Noggler, Lindsey Gibbs, Jessica Martin, Sydney McCage, Katherine Haverkamp and Laura Wyrick.
Noggler finished second on the team in 15th overall with a time of 13:17, while Gibbs and Martin stayed neck and neck from the time. The pair finished in 17th and 18th with times of 13:25 and 13:28, respectively. McCage claimed 28th by finishing in 14 minutes, Haverkamp placed 43rd with a time of 14:58 and Wyrick placed 50th by completing the course in 15:23.
Muenster finished in sixth with top runner Mady Burnett finishing in 29th place Sacred Heart brought two runners to compete, as Alane Bartush took 34th and Rylie Reiter finished in 36th place.
Lindsay’s top runner Lauren Gibbs was unable to compete because of ACTs Saturday, instead competing in a race in Irving. Gibbs ran in the 5-A division and claimed second overall with a time of 19:08.
Lindsay and Era placed second and third behind meet champion Whitesboro, with John Price finishing as the area’s top runner. Price claimed third place out of 40 runners with a time of 15:33.
Luis Romero and Matt Mueller were not far behind. Romero took sixth with a time of 16:54 and Mueller finished seventh, running the course in 17:22.
Trevor Cheaney was the top for Muenster, taking ninth with a time of 17:22. Cheaney’s teammate Trey Anderle was close behind, placing 15th with a time of 18:07.
Sacred Heart entered just two runners in the race. The Tigers’ Jamie Proctor took 13th, finishing the race in 17:49 and Juan Orricio placed 39th with a time of 26:11.
Helping Lindsay take second place overall were Blair Martinson, John Michael Fuhrman, Sean Stoffels, Clark Collin, Austin Schully and Zach Green. Martinson took 12th with a time of 17:47, Fuhrman placed 21st by running the race in 18:38 and Stoffels placed 22nd with a time of 19:03. Clark took 26th, finishing in 19:21, Schully placed 29th with a time of 19:37 while Green finished in 36th by finishing the race in 22:19.
Era’s third place finish came from Romero, Mueller and times from Josh Wilson, Garvin Ryals, Warren Roberts and Michael Debord. Wilson took 20th with a time of 18:28, Ryals took 31st by finishing in 20:35, Roberts placed 34th and finished in 22:04 while Debord took 40th with a time of 29:59.