Stratford, Memorial, Strake Jesuit finish strong at state
Spring Branch ISD had two girls teams running among the Class 6A elite Nov. 3 at the UIL state meet in Round Rock. Stratford finished its season with an eighth-place finish out of 16 teams, with Memorial finishing 13th.
The 6A girls race included Bellaire sophomore Cate Urbani and freshman Anh Ho.
Strake Jesuit competed with the best in the 6A boys race, placing 10th of 16 teams. The race included Lamar senior Camilo Meisel and Bellaire junior Koket Jimata.
Kashmere junior Samaj Cager further represented Houston ISD, running in the 4A girls race.
Stratford achieved the second-highest finish of any Houston area team, behind only Bridgeland, which took seventh in its first varsity season. Senior Grace Custer led the Spartans with a 13th-place finish, running the five-kilometer course at Old Settlers Park in 17 minutes, 37.74 seconds.
Jana Mahlich (64th, 18:44.35), Fay Gibb (69th, 18:49.13), Olivia Hirst (85th, 19:03.37), Hope Sage (93rd, 19:06.32), Ella Gibb (116th, 19:35.43) and Marlene Soto (139th, 20:35.52) all helped lead the Spartans back to state.
Memorial got back to state to complete a successful season, led individually by senior Fiona Bremner’s time of 18:24.85, good for 40th of 150 runners.
Mary Kate Skrabanek (81st, 18:58.36), Blakeley Buckingham (82nd, 18:59.59), Chandler Gartner (119th, 19:39.46), Anjali Patel (131st, 20:10.30), Makenna Dahmer (146th, 21:12.03) and Apolline Brossard (149th, 22:18.01) further represented the Mustangs at the grand event.
Urbani finished 74th with a time of 18:53.31, while Ho placed 80th in 18:57.13 for the Bellaire girls. Cager took 85th in 4A with a 13:06.58 on the two-mile course.
Strake Jesuit was led by Erik Lara’s 38th-place finish and time of 15:40.93. The Crusaders ranked in the state top 10 with Will Johnson (59th, 15:51.33), Anthony Gregory (69th, 15:56.50), Zane Gillan (88th, 16:02.64), Andrew Spires (115th, 16:21.58), Adam Jaminez (119th, 16:25.49) and Gabriel Mount (141st, 17:04.06) on the course.
Meisel (39th, 15:42.29) and Jimata (46th, 15:46.01) did not finish far from one another, both placing in the top third of the state field.