Leander ISD shines at district cross country meet


This weekend was very kind to Leander ISD schools at the district cross country meet at Old Settlers’ Park in Round Rock. 

At least one runner from every LISD school advanced to the regional meet while district schools won three of four team titles and three of four individual titles between girls’ and boys’ in Class 5A and 6A. 

Cedar Park won the team titles for both boys’ and girls’  with junior Owen Daugherty (15:40.30) taking the individual goal on the boys' side and senior Sophia Roach (18:13.80) winning on the girls’ race. 

The top six finishers in the boys’ race and four of the top five in the girls’ were Timberwolves.

We’re starting to fire on all cylinder at the right time year and it’s a good time to do it,” Cedar Park head coach Jason Grennier said. “They worked really hard this summer and during the year and their bodies are finally just catching up. Now they’re starting to feel the effects of their training.”

Jason Huerta (16:19.10) was the top finisher for Glenn with his seventh-place finish, while Neil Hoffmann (16:50.20) led the way for Rouse coming in 12th place in the individual standings in the boys’ race. 

Emily Forster (18:49.90) and Megan Ombres (18:51.50) finished seventh and eighth for Rouse and Addison McFall (20:56.50) and Regina Briseno (20:56.60) came in 18th and 19th respectively for Glenn in the girls’ race. 

Vandegrift junior Jordan Mathis won the district title with a time of 17:37.40. Taylor Mathis (18:29.50), Emma Saia (18:48.80) and Gemma Goddard (19:01.60 rounded out the top four as the Vipers also won the girls’ team title. 

Ayanna Donwerth (19:10.40) finished fifth for Leander, Jade Marsh (19:39.90) took seventh for Vista Ridge in the girls’ race. 

Vandegrift junior Anthony Monte finished second in the boys’ race with a time of 15:16.00, while Vista Ridge senior Nick Alfaro (15:30.00) finished third overall and Leander senior Angel Jaimes (16:14.60) was the top finisher for the Lions in sixth place. 

The Regional meet for both 5A and 6A is Monday, with Cedar Park, Glenn and Rouse headed to Huntsville, while Leander, Vandegrift and Vista Ridge compete in Grand Prairie. The state meet will be at the familiar course at Old Settlers Park on Nov. 3.