By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (October 4, 2017) — It’s supposed to be a thrill when you run on the hill, or at least that was the thought behind the naming of the annual high school and junior high cross country meet at Stephenville City Park.
On Wednesday, it was thrilling indeed for the home girls team.
It’s taken most the season but the Honeybees finally edged out rival Glen Rose by four points Wednesday with Stephenville accumulating 39 points with its top five finishers and Glen Rose accumulating 43. Midlothian Heritage was third with 92 points.
“The girls are starting to peak at just the right time,” said Stephenville head coach Kristi Mayes. “We finally got the monkey off our back with Glen Rose.”
Just in time to face the Lady Tigers again in the upcoming District 8-4A meet next Thursday at Dinosaur Valley State Park.
Freshman Presley Wall and junior Emily Kirbo continue to be the pace setters for the Honeybees, with Wall coming in third a shade more than 45 seconds behind individual champ Renee Elliott. Elliott navigated the large hill, the semicircle around Splashville, the jaunt through the disc golf course, the trot along the banks of the Bosque river and back through the areas between softball fields, covering 3,200 meters in 12:26.48, more than 21 seconds faster than Jocelyn Mims of Glen Rose.
Wall finished in 13:12.73, Alexis Mims of Glen Rose was fourth in 13:165.59, then came Kirbo in fit in 13:28.60. After two finishers each, Glen Rose led with six points to the Honeybees’ 8.
But Stephenville won it with its third, fourth and fifth runners taking 11th, 13th and 16th. That appears to be 40 points on the surface, but when removing runners who placed highly but were not part of team cards, Reagan Henry, Jordan Beyer and Callie Wells actual combined for 31 to lift the team total to just 39. Henry finished in 14:00.30, Beyer in 14:03.38 and Wells in 14:07.79.
“These ladies just work, never complain and that’s what sets them apart from other teams,” boasted Mayes. “Emily is running stronger than I’ve ever seen her run and Presley Wall is killing it. They make a dynamic duo as our one and two runners.
“Reagan Henry is a work horse, a solid runner who is developing nicely,” Mayes added. “And we reeve help from two other freshmen in Callie Wells and Jordan Beyer, which makes our future look bright with four freshmen running.”
Their first displacing runner was just three spots further back with Kassidy Nowak finishing 19th in 14:17.22, and each of their team runners was among the top 25 with Tania Arreguin crossing the line 24th in 14:31.51.
The final three point scorers for Glen Rose finished 14th, 15th and 17th, and in team running combined for 37 points to push the Lady Tiger total to 43.
Other Stephenville runners participating were Macayla McCann, 29th in 14:39.67, Anahi Rivas, 34th in 14:56.49 and Monica Flores, 42nd in 14:18.38.
“Anahi Rivas, one of our veterans, is improving weekly and poses a certain tenacious spirit when she runs, just a fierce competitor. Monica and Tania are new runners to the program and are making an impact,” said Mayes. “I am bless because I have 10 young ladies who go on any given day. this is the deepest we’ve ver been talent-wise and it’s awesome. It’s a blessing just to be a coach along for the ride with such a talented group who works hard and challenges each other in practice daily.
“I’m praying this will be our breakthrough year and we make it o the ‘big house’ (state) as a team. We believe we can do it, and I believe in these girls.”
By Conference 2A standards De Leon made quite the strong showing. There was big drop after Stephenville and Glen Rose, but 28 points behind Heritage was De Leon in fourth with 92. The Lady Cats had top 10 finishers in sixth-place Chloe Stovall with a time of 13:38.38 and ninth-place Ashtyn Welch, who stopped the clock at 13:51.52.
Lingleville had individual runners, shown below, but not full teams. Here are the standings and individuals:
1. Stephenville 39
3. Presley Wall 13:12.73
5. Emily Kirbo 13:28.60
11. Reagan Henry 14:00.30
13. Jordan Beyer 14:03.38
16. Callie Wells 14:07.79
19. Kassidy Nowak 14:17.22
24. Tania Arreguin 14:31.51
29. Macayla McCann 14:39.67
34. Anahi Rivas 14:56.49
42. Monica Flores 15:18.38
2. Glen Rose 43
3. Midlothian Heritage 92
4. De Leon 120
6. Chloe Stovall 13:38.38
9. Ashtyn Welch 13:51.52
31. Alyssa Mahan 14:46.74
45. Liberty Hugg 15:31.71
52. Kenadi McGragh 15:47.75
55. Abigail Gutierrez 16:01.37
63. Taylor Mahan 16:34.43
5. McKinney Christian 121
6. Benbrook 201
7. Whitney 201
8. Godley 216
9. Peaster 244
10. Santo 251
11. Eastland 282
12. North Central Texas Academy 385
Lingleville (Not enough runners)
28. Ilse Deboer 14:38.70
51. Selina Alvarado 15:41.26