Cardinals, Westbury lead HISD at Bellaire Invitational

September 17, 2018

The Westbury boys and Bellaire girls both claimed runner-up spots in varsity competition Sept. 8 at the Bellaire Invitational, leading several Houston ISD teams in a glimpse of district competition.

The Huskies were led by senior individual champion Cameron Houston, who finished the five-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 26.20 seconds. Brandon Washington (5th, 17:43.00) and Filmon Gazae (6th, 17:44.70) helped the Huskies score 62 points and challenge Cypress Ridge (48) for the boys team crown.

The host Cardinals were the runner-up in the girls standings and third of nine boys teams. Cate Urbani (2nd, 19:34.10), Anh Ho (3rd, 19:53.30) and Mary Grace Urbani (10th, 23:19.40) helped the Bellaire girls score 50 points to hold off Carnegie Vanguard for third place. Clements won with 35.

Carnegie was led by Yasmine Mejia (5th, 22:01.90), Ileana Michel (6th, 22:33.70) and Nikitha Kota (7th, 22:38.80) in a field of 63 finishing runners.

Bellaire’s Koket Jimata (2nd, 16:48.90), Filimon Fiseha (8th, 17:57.80) and Abo Jimata (9th, 18:11.70) posted top-10 times to lead the Cardinals in the boys race.

Lamar placed fourth in both divisions, led by Sofia Diaz (14th, 23:41.00), Megan Duffy (17th, 24:09.00) and Dina Owens (20th, 24:19.20) in the girls race. Max Feldman (7th, 17:49.00), Richard Balbin (13th, 18:23.70) and Nick Bolbin (23rd, 19:03.20) led the Lamar boys.

HISD individual leaders included Austin’s Daniel Ruiz (15th, 18:31.60), Osbaldo Castellanos (24th, 19:09.70) and Prisila Lara (27th, 25:01.00), Carnegie’s Jack Lawter (16th, 18:31.80) and Ryan Quenemoen (17th, 18:32.50), Furr’s Tania Garcia (38th, 26:10.50) and Tevon Young (20:22.00) and Westbury’s Katherine Gonzalez (46th, 27:31.10).


The Lamar boys sent many of their top runners to Huntsville for the Region III Preview, finishing fifth in the 12-team Elite division.

Camilo Meisel led the Texans with a 10th-place time of 16:23.20, while William Moore-Jones (23rd, 16:59.50) and Bryce Cox (36th, 17:19.50) finished in the top half of more than 80 runners.

Kinkaid ran in two varsity girls races, competing in the Orange and White runs. The Falcons finished fourth of 20 teams in the Orange field, led Kevriana Scott (1st, 20:08.20), Alexandra Blake (25th, 22:14.00) and Caroline Keller (37th, 22:36.90).

Kinkaid finished seventh in the White division, led by Victoria Gonzalez (32nd, 14:27.30) and Kelly Gihooley (39th, 14:36.30).

Awty International took second of 19 teams in the boys White standings, scoring 86 points to finish behind only Palestine with 72.

Melvin Cruz (2nd, 17:52.40), Alexander Gadin (13th, 18:45.30) and Erkan Bozkurt (19th, 18:56.00) led the Rams in a field of 161 finishers. Elizabeth Canjar (11th, 13:45.50) and Catalina Vasquez (38th, 14:32.40) led the Awty girls to a sixth-place finish of 18 teams.

St. Pius X competed in the boys Orange race, led by Kaid Nygren (51st, 18:21.20) and Zander Jez (82nd, 19:00.90).


The Oak Ridge varsity championships were won by a pair of Houston teams as St. Agnes and St. Thomas topped field of 10 and 12 teams, respectively.

The Tigers scored 34 points to finish well ahead of Kingwood Park with 88. Camille Napier (2nd, 19:12.61), Jackie Cruz (4th, 19:44.68), Sara Price (7th, 20:29.03), Grace Wolfe (8th, 20:40.42) and Emory Reilly (13th, 21:13.98) scored for St. Agnes in the five-kilometer race.

Strake Jesuit amassed 37 points to outpace the host War Eagles with 77 points. Erick Lara won the individual title with a time of 16:06.09, with Andrew Spires (5th, 16:37.43), Robert Botard (6th, 16:40.90), Anthony Gregory (13th, 17:08.92) and Joshua Chertien (14th, 17:09.57) completing the scoring.


St. Thomas scored 30 points to take first place at the Lutheran South Invitational, outrunning Fort Bend Christian (61) for the team victory.

Junior Travis Enochs was the individual champion with a five-kilometer time of 17:40.89. Bleizek Skucius (3rd, 17:56.35), Emilio Castaneda (6th, 18:15.69), Kenneth Van Doren (9th, 18:22.64) and Nicholas Chandler (11th, 18:40.81) completed the scoring for the Eagles.

Second Baptist competed in both varsity races, with Cameron Watson (7th, 18:16.58) and Kendall Rodriguez (10th, 18:37.44) leading the boys and Chloe Tondera (13th, 16:30.44) leading the girls.

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