HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY

Cedar Park sweeps district cross country titles

Rouse boys and girls teams also qualify for regional meet

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Cedar Park did the double on Friday morning, winning both the boys' and girls' district cross country titles.

The Timberwolves had four boys and three girls finish in the Top 10 led by Sophia Roach, who came in second place in the girls' race with a time of 19:16.3. Both the girls' and boys' teams from Rouse also qualified for the regional meet after finishes of second and third, respectively.

"It's the team aspect that we're a very bonded team and we always cheer each other on," Roach said. "We're also a very competitive team. So even though we're all friends, we're all racing each other both in practice."

Freshman Kaitlyn Childress finished in fourth for Cedar Park at 19:43.0 and sophomore Jaida Lyles came in ninth place with a time of 20:05.9. Roach finished 10 seconds behind the district champion but bettered her time from the Lampasas meet by more than eight seconds.

"I'm so happy with how everything went," Roach said, "My team did amazing, we qualified and got first and so we're just going through the motions and giving each race all we have."

Alden Yi, Travian Holst, and Austin Grendel finished as a group on the boys' side, coming in at fourth, fifth, and sixth place. Tiras Pie came across in ninth place with a time of 16:44.7 for the Timberwolves.

Rouse senior Danny Madrid was the individual district champion, running the course in 15:51.7 while teammate and individual state qualifier from last season James Tisdale finished second at 15:59.4.

"Personally, I wanted to run a tactical race and keep my splits pretty even," Madrid said. "It feels really good. We've been working really hard since June and it's a lot of hard works that's starting to pay off."

In 6A, Vandegrift's Jordan Mathis won the individual title with a time of 18:23.5 and the Lady Vipers qualified for the regional meet as a team. Leander's Ayanna Donwerth finished second at 18:58.8 and Vista Ridge sophomore Madison Chang finished ninth at 19:48.1 to qualify for the regional meet as individuals.  

The Vipers qualified for the regional meet on the boys' side, too. Sophomore Anthony Monte finished fourth overall at 16:10.2 and the Vipers finished second to Lake Travis. Individually, only Vista Ridge junior Sasha Longmire qualified after he finished in 16:38.2.

The 5A Region 3 meet will be held at Kate Barr Ross Memorial Park in Huntsville on Monday and the 6A Region 4 meet is in Corpus Christi at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The state meet returns to Old Settlers Park on Nov. 4.

"I'd like to see us move on from regionals as a team," Madrid said. "It will be tough because there are a lot of good teams in the region, but I think we can do it."

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