Winning medalists

Staff photo by Albert Villegas

Some of the Boling Bulldogs showoff their medals after they all enabled their boys' and girls' teams to finish tops in the Rattler Invitational.

The outstanding season that the Boling cross country varsity teams are having continues on.

The success in August has carried over to this month as Boling just completed its first of three meets in September.

The latest one was in Navasota during the Rattler Invitational.

Both the boys’ and girls’ BHS teams earned first place. And if that was not enough, the junior varsity teams also took first the following day.

For the varsity teams, that puts the boys having earned three first-place finishes, and for the girls two first-place finishes, and one second place.

At this moment, BHS coach Jonathan Gibson’s bunch looks very impressive.

Girls compete for first

BHS had four runners finish in the top 10. The race was very competitive as only six seconds separated the first-place champion from 33rd place. In Boling’s case, three runners finished in the top five and their times will give you an idea how close they each were to one another.

Kenna Gibson was tops with a 13:07 time, followed by Rachel Wittig (13:43) and fifth-place finisher Suzanna Garcia (13:50).

Ana Gonzales finished less than a second behind teammate Gibson. She was in ninth place with a 14:01 time.

All these girls medaled.

Rounding out the Boling championship team were Evyn Flores (18th place, 15:09 time), and Alana Rodriguez (26th place, 15:54 time).

These girls will be competing at Sealy High School on Friday, Sept. 18. Barring any injuries, Gibson will take several runners who outdid themselves from the previous meet held in Bellville. Each of these girls had better times after they competed in Navasota.

Other schools to participate in the Rattle Invitational were Needville, Splendora, New Caney, and Franklin.

Boys run very close race

Like their female counterparts, there were several Boling boy runners who not only tried to beat the competition, but themselves.

BHS may have not earned an individual title as that went to New Caney’s Troy Gabert (16:18), but they sure were close.

Moreover, Boling had the second, third and fourth best runners in the Navasota meet. Marc Mendoza (second) had a time of 16:44, Ross Hough (third) a time of 16:48, and Adan Alvarez (fourth) a time of 16:52. Those times were very close. In many ways, it’s a good problem for coach Gibson to have as he has runners who are trying to outdo their teammates in actual competition.

And the reason for the team championship was the rest of the Boling runners. The Bulldogs had enough runners finish high enough collectively as a team compared to other teams like New Caney and Needville. 

Boling runners who also did well were Jordan Todd (10th place, 17:58 time), Abraham Garcia (14th place, 18:23 time), Garrett Gavranovic (17th place, 18:46 time), Cameron Spears (20th place, 19:01 time), Kaden Hanson (21st place, 19:05 time), Lance Kocian (26th place, 19:38 time). 

Among the other schools to compete in the invitational were Needville, Splendora, New Caney, Franklin, and Wharton.

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