Lions dominate at Round Top Invitational
The Lockhart High School cross country teams traveled to Round Top on Saturday, Oct. 12, to compete in the Round Top-Carmine/Festival Hill Cross Country Meet. The forecast was for rain, but the meet was completed before the heavy rains arrived. After the mud last week at the Chili Pepper Cross Country Meet, the team needed a break from the rain and mud.
The LHS Boys Varsity ran an excellent race, finishing in first place out of 13 teams with an impressive winning margin of 33 points to 84 points for the second place Moulton High School team.
The Lions were led by junior Sergio Moreno, who finished in first place out of 102 runners, with a fast time of 16:50 on the five-kilometer course, an impressive 48 seconds ahead of the second place finisher from Dime Box High School. Moreno was followed by sophomore Marco Sillero (third place) in a time of 17:45, sophomore Polo Morales (eighth) in 18:18, junior Michael Roehr (10th) in 18:23, junior Cameron Adams (13th) in 18:38, and sophomore Martin Salinas (24th) in 19:30.
The JV Boys also finished in first place.
They were led by Junior Dylan Adams (second place) in a fast time of 12:46 seconds on the two—mile course. Adams was followed by freshman Albert Santos (fourth) in 13:17, sophomore Josh Hawkins (sixth) in 14:07, sophomore Denver Carter (eighth) in 14:24, sophomore Julian Fernandez (tenth) in 14:30, sophomore Ty Dozier (11th) also in 14:30, freshman Singer Sanchez (15th) in 14:59, and sophomore Colt Pierce (16th) in 15:02.
On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Lockhart cross country teams will be competing in Seguin at the Texas Lutheran Bulldog Invitational. The first event, the Varsity Boys 5K race, begins at 9 a.m.
For results, schedules and more information about upcoming meets, please visit the Lockhart Cross Country web site: https://sites.google.com/a/lockhart.txed.net/lhs-cross-country/.
Coach Hippensteel, Coach Ortiz and Coach Cich would like to thank all of the supporters of Lockhart Cross Country for their tremendous support as we prepare for the District Cross Country Meet in Seguin on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Lady Lions take second at Round Top-Carmine
Last Saturday, the Lady Lions traveled to Round Top-Carmine and returned with many honors. In Varsity action, the Lockhart placed second overall, with Caldwell placing first and Columbus finishing third. Eleven full teams competed along with several partial teams brining the total number of varsity runners to 98.
In a race that came down to two breakaway runners, freshman standout Cristal Trejo once again led the Lady Lions, placing second overall in the 2.06 mile course with a time of 13:06. Closely behind the leaders was the first pack where sophomore Moira Salinas (13:32) used a perfectly timed kick to place fifth overall. Senior Nessa Rios (13:52) followed-up to finish 14th and gained top 20 medal honors. Freshman Sara Burrier (15:03) in her first varsity action of the season finish strong and breaking out of the next wave of runners finishing 29th, closely followed by senior Lauren Scheulke (15:20), and junior Kaitlyn Adams (15:28) who placed 38th and 44th respectively.
“This was another great race for our team,” Coach Reuben Ortiz said. “We were short-handed this meet but some of our ladies that started off the year in JV have worked their way up and filled in nicely. They know the true test is coming soon when district arrives and with that comes a 3-plus mile race and a whole new racing strategy. We tried out some new strategies this meet to prepare for that, some worked while others not as well but overall this helped us tremendously to get ready for District.”
In the Junior Varsity action, the Lady Lions did not have the required five runners to compete as a team but not to be outshined, both junior varsity runners placed in top 20 metal honors.
In her first cross-country race of the year, junior Cassidy Schmidt raced in dominating fashion placing fifth overall, while senior Ana Espinosa placed 13th overall in the two plus mile course.
“I didn’t know what to expect from these two young ladies and honestly they just flat out amazed me,” Ortiz said. “Cassidy just showed what type of true athlete she is by doing what she did in her first cross-country race of the season while mainly focusing on volleyball. This is a true compliment to Coach Washington and the volleyball team for their conditioning and training. Ana has battled some shin injuries and still continues to improve.”
This week the lady lions will compete in a duel team meet at State Park in Lockhart on Wednesday and then travel to Texas Lutheran in Seguin on Saturday morning.