Elbanna, Livingston, Nielson earn cross country gold
Cinco Ranch posted two individual victories Sept. 15 at the Klein Invitational, while Morton Ranch’s Olari Livingston earned the win at the Cy-Fair ISD Invitational during another successful week for Katy ISD runners.
Cinco Ranch’s Heidi Neilson earned her fourth victory of her sophomore season with a five-kilometer time of 18 minutes, 38.16 at the Klein meet, leading the Cougars to the team championship. Cinco Ranch scored 37 points to finish well ahead of Klein (95) and atop a field of 12 teams.
Sophie Atkinson (3rd, 19:31.82), Natalia Corser (14th, 21:00.18), Camilla Corser (21:02.26) and Alison Mueller (16th, 21:03.22) completed the scoring for the Cougars, who also had Holly Dasher and Dalia Najjar in the top 30 of a race with more than 90 runners.
Cinco Ranch finished second among 15 teams in the boys standings, led by champion Alan Elbanna and his time of 15:57.04. Richard Saenz (2nd, 16:10.37), Kassem Karouni (13th, 16:48.32), Alex Norman (23rd, 17:11.37) and Lucas Wolf (29th, 17:23.90) finished the scoring.
Livingston ran a time of 17:10.95 to win the CFISD championship in a race of more than 90 runners. The Mavericks tied for the lead among 12 teams, matching Bridgeland with 43 points.
Jonah Fay (6th, 17:59.31), Lawson Steed (7th, 18:02.48), Ismael Alaniz (16th, 18:35.75) and Jason Trujillo (17th, 18:41.06) scored for the Mavericks, with Josuee Oviedo adding a 42nd-place finish.
The Mavericks placed fourth among 10 teams in the girls division, led by Andrea Gallegos (19th, 22:15.84), Ebony Murphy (22nd, 22:37.25) and Kennedy Hudson-Williams (30th, 23:38.05).
Katy and Seven Lakes finished well among strong competition at the Andy Wells Invitational in Kingwood. The Tigers and Spartans finished third and fourth among 11 teams in the girls standings, with fellow perennial powers The Woodlands and Kingwood taking the top sports.
Audrey Witham was the runner-up in the four-kilometer race with a time of 14:57.42, scoring along with Hannah Blake (19th, 16:09.41), Carolina Ortiz (23rd, 16:12.58) and Makenna Connolly (24th, 16:15.06). The Tigers followed with a dominant performance at the Clear Falls Invitational.
Seven Lakes had two top-10 finishers among more than 90 runners, with Molly Humes (4th, 15:09.44), Rose Campbell-Watt (9th, 15:50.39), Ana Velazquez (20th, 16:09.81), Katie Fitzpatrick (29th, 16:25.09) and Sofia Chazaro (39th, 16:59.77) scoring.
The Seven Lakes boys finished third among 15 teams, behind only The Woodlands and Strake Jesuit. The Spartans were led by scoring runners Carson Slater (5th, 15:50.53), Corbin Brescher (8th, 16:06.78), Spencer Seale (13th, 16:21.61), Jacob Skillman (25th, 16:44.55) and Josh Kuriakose (26th, 16:45.71) on the five-kilometer course.
Katy finished seventh with Lorenzo Orozco (12th, 16:19.73), Darren Acopa (46th, 17:18.53), Dylan Koch (49th, 17:28.86), Connor Wood (70th, 18:13.63) and Michael Parodi (75th, 18:23.28) completing the scoring.
Most of Katy ISD was scheduled to compete at “Hillacious” Invitational in Brenham on Sept. 22. Teams continue to prepare for the District 19-6A championships, scheduled for Oct. 12 at Bear Creek Park.
Tompkins is the defending district champion. The Falcons finished ahead of Katy and Cinco Ranch for the girls crown and won a tiebreaker with Seven Lakes for the boys title.