The Wharton Tigers’ cross country team saved their best for their final non-district meet of the year. The Tigers in Brazos Saturday morning (Oct. 17) took home a first-place finish, their lone top-finish of the year.
Of the 38 runners that competed across eight different schools, Jerrell Barron, Kameron Mitchell and Alfred Herrera all finished inside the top-10 powering them to first place.
Barron had a time of 21:04.5 locking up sixth-place. On Barron’s heels, Mitchell finished seconds behind him with a time of 21:19.5 for seventh. Herrera rounded out Wharton’s top-10 finishes with a time of 21:28.5 securing ninth.
Chase Pardo had a time of 21:49.2, Jazir Guajardo finished with a time of 22:53.8, Angel Gonzalez ran 23:48.8, despite losing a shoe, Joseph Bush had a time of 25:38.5 and Jose Gutierrez rounded out Wharton’s cross country runners with a time of 26:46.9.
The Tigers will compete at the District meet at Brookshire Royal next Wednesday.
The Lady Tigers’ track team sent three runners to Brazos. Kaylie Goad had the Lady Tigers lone top-15 finish with a time of 15:49.1.
The Boling Bulldog cross country team ended the non-district part of their schedule the way they started the season, dominant.
The Bulldogs in Brazos, Saturday morning, won their eighth straight race in their final tune up before the district meet next Monday.
Junior Marc Mendoza had Boling’s quickest run of the morning, finishing in second-place overall with a time of 17:39.1. Ross Hough and Adan Alvarez had top-10 finishes, helping Boling stay rolling and capture first.
“We picked up our final win and went 8-0 on the season. We’re looking to win district by a landslide and we’re going to keep on winning,” Mendoza said.
Jordan Todd and Kaden Hansen also scored points for Boling with a 14th and 16th place finish respectively.
The Bulldogs, by taking part in the Brazos meet, got to do some scouting with the district meet also taking place there.
“We’ve got an advantage to know where to (pick it up) in certain spots in the race,” Mendoza said.
Before the Boling boys’ team took the field, they already had big shoes to fill with Lady Bulldog freshman Kenna Gibson winning the meet with a time of 13:08.3. The top spot Saturday morning was Gibson’s seventh first-place finish out of Boling’s eight non-district meets.
“As a freshman on varsity, I was shooting for (a) top-10 (finish) every time,” Gibson said. “Then I got first in my first race. (I got) first in my second race and, I was like, ok I got a chance. Every time (out) I get out front and I don’t let anyone pass me.”
The Lady Bulldogs got a good look at district competition finishing in fourth place behind East Bernard and Brazos. With only two teams this year making Regionals, they’ll have to pass one of those schools if they plan to extend their season another week.