(September 9, 2016) — Two weeks, two races, two Stephenville wins.
The Yellow Jackets were the fastest team at a cross country meet in Keene Saturday, putting another title on the back of their 4A and below victory at Burleson a week prior.
The Honeybees also had another strong outing, coming in second Friday, while the junior varsity Bees captured first.
Stephenville’s boys against used a pack running mentality to cruise to the win. Lane Rust led the way in fifth on the 4,800-meter course, finishing in 17 minutes, 24.12 seconds. He was followed shortly by teammates Christian Brown in seventh, Gilberto Garcia eighth and Luis Carrillo ninth, but they were sixth, seventh and eighth among runners on full teams. Rounding out the scoring was Gustavo Vazquez in 28th individually and 26th among team runners.
Stephenville finished with 52 points and had an average time of 17:45.56, 20 points more and 12 seconds faster than second-place Keene and 38 points and 34 seconds ahead of third-place Itasca.
The Honeybees were paced by Emily Kirbo and Anahi Rivas, who were eighth and ninth in 12:49.60 and 12:49.89 on the 3,200 meter course. Elena Balderas was 12th, Mattie Stephens 14th and Avery Forehand 24th to round out the scorecard. There were some non-team runners between, and Stephenville finished with 61 points. Only Brock was better four of the top 10 team runners and just 36 total points.
Here are the individual places and times for Stephenville varsity runners. (Places listed individually, contribution to team score in parenthesis).
Yellow Jackets – 1st place, 52 points (4,800 meters)
5. Lane Rust (5) 17:24.12
7. Christian Brown (6) 17:28.45
8. Gilberto Garcia (7) 17:29.22
9. Luis Carrillo (8) 17:30.28
28. Gustavo Vazquez (26) 18:55.69
44. AJ Brown (N/A) 19:32.28
45. Angel Luna (N/A) 19:38.02