Clear Falls runners secure team titles at Trojan Tune-up
SOUTH HOUSTON - The biggest week on the high school cross country calendar began with Clear Falls High School’s program coming away with two strong victories at South Houston High School’s Trojan Tune-Up Friday morning.
With the countdown under way to the District 24-6A meet next Thursday morning at the Chester Davis Sportsplex, the Knights won both the boys and girls team titles.
The boys traveled 1-3-5-9-16 for 34 championship points. South Houston was a distant second with 84 and Goose Creek Memorial was third with 99.
Felipe Ramirez earned the medalist title, defeating Goose Creek Memorial’s Isaac Garza for the victory on the 5K course.
Cole Brown cornered third, Keagan Roller secured fifth, freshman Gio Campos was ninth and Joseph Klein was 16th.
“It was more of a strategy to position themselves within the group to get us ready for district next week,” Knights boys coach John Ruiz said.
Ruiz noted Campos is the first-ever freshman to earn a varsity spot on the Knights roster. He’s usually the team’s third scoring runner but he went out too fast on the opening mile according to Ruiz.
“We’re within the top two in the district. It should be a shootout. (Clear) Springs was here. But they pulled their top guys out,” Ruiz said.
The Top-10 also featured Clear Brook’s Sebastian Koran claimed the fifth-strongest time and Clear Springs’ Ty Halligan was eighth with a 17:45 time. Teammate Colby Amieva bagged 14th place in 17:58.
For the girls, the Lady Knights saw the group of Sophia Strange, Ashleigh Loe, Addison Saley, Emma Pertuit and Kennedy Wade travel 2-3-6-7-11 through the finish chute for 29 points. Just in case, Victoria Ruiz was the sixth-scoring runner by capturing the 12th-fastest time.
Alief Elsik’s Trinity Woodley took medalist honors in pretty comfortable fashion. Teammate Ludjenie Mondesir was fourth.
Among the highlights from the sub-varsity races was the performance of Clear Springs’ boys teams. The JV squad saw Ryan Lopez nail down 12th, Adrian Zapata secure 13th, Conner Byermann claim 15th and Juan Rodirugez nab 16th. All of them medaled.
Earning medals for the Clear Springs freshman squad was the trio of Kyle Hopple in 13th, Bodin Cobb capturing 15th and Ethan Kuehn landing in 20th.