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Cedar Park boys finish 3rd at cross country state meet

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Travian Holst’s 100th straight day of running ended with some hardware.

Holst individually finished 21st overall with a time of 15:54.07, helping the Cedar Park boys’ cross country team finish in third place at the UIL state cross country meet Saturday morning at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

“The more you put in, the sweeter the reward is,” he said. “I’ve run cross country all four years and this is why we run. As a senior never getting to go to the state meet, this is the perfect last race to run. I couldn’t be happier.”

Alden Yi (16:08.15) finished 12 places behind Holst, Austin Grendel (16:16.08) came in 49th, John Scott (16:21.62) finished in 53rd and Tiras Pie (16:30.89) rounded out the team score with a 66th place finish.

The Timberwolves hadn’t been to the state meet as a team in five years.

Holst said this year’s team is closer than any other one he’s been on. On top of running upwards of 60 miles a week and running twice a day four times a week, they went fishing and swimming routinely over the summer and it feels more like a family than a team.

“If you told me at the beginning of the year that’d we’d be third in the state, I’d have said no way,” first-year head coach Jason Grennier said. “But midway through the year, they started to believe. They really matured as a team.”

The Cedar Park girls’ team finished sixth overall. Freshman Kaitlyn Childress (19:06.44) led the team with a 35th place finish and Gracie Hall (19:08.89) finished in 37th. Sophia Roach (19:30.35) came in 55th, Alena Albertson (19:30.59) finished 57th and Jaida Lyles (20:07.98) came in 97th.

The Rouse girls’ team finished 10th as a team with Megan Ombres (19:10.35) leading the team with a 38th place finish. Sydney Knight (19:14.62), Edna Rotich (19:50.75), Emily Forster (20:00.13) and Hannah Aldrich (20:20.28) rounded out the placing team.

Senior Danny Madrid (16:03.63) finished 28th for the Raiders and James Tisdale (16:14.64), running in his second straight state meet, finished 46th.

“The girls have been solid all year,” Rouse head coach Kelly Thompson said. “We knew we didn’t have a lot of room for error. We’re a young crew and they’re hungry and easy to work with.”

Vandegrift sophomore Anthony Monte (16:26.07) was the only LISD runner in the boys’ 6A race and finished 95th overall.

The Lady Vipers finished 10th in the team competition and were led by Jordan Mathis (18:17.60) and her 17th place finish. Gemma Goddard (18:51.43), Brianna Garza (19:37.24), Erin Donohue (19:58.34) and Kylie Bryan (20:02.19) rounded out the team.

“We have a really young girls team and at the beginning of the season I thought it was going to be a rebuilding year,” Vandegrift head coach Colin Sully said. “By the middle of the season, we were looking good. The girls and Anthony came to race. We’ve got a lot of room to grow.”

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