Flash Staff Report
(September 4, 2017) — Harriers from Stephenville continued their fast start to the season with its girls and boys teams each placing third in the 4A and under varsity divisions of the Elk Run at Chisenhall Park in Burleson last Friday.
The Honeybees were again led by Presley Wall, while Lane Rust edged out Christian Brown to lead the Yellow Jackets following Brown’s team-best finish in the Cowtown Challenge a week prior.
Both teams compete Wednesday in the Dinosaur Valley Classic in Glen Rose, an opportunity to preview the course they will run in the 8-4A district meet to conclude the regular season at Dinosaur Valley State Park.
Wall, just a freshman and running alone as the only Bee in the top 10 of the 3,200 meter race, managed to cross the line second in 12 minutes, 44 seconds.
Emily Kirbo was the next Stephenville runner to come through, finishing 13th in 13:23. The remainder of the placing runners came through in a pack with Anahi Rivas 24th in 14:02, Kassidy Nowak 26th in 14:05 and Jordan Beyer 27th in 14:09.
Stephenville scored 92 points, safely 43 ahead of fourth-place Maypearl but still 18 back of second-place Brock. River Oaks (Forth Worth) Castleberry ran away with first place with just 43 points.
The Yellow Jackets tackled a 5,000 meter course and Rust beat Brown by seven seconds as the top pair placed sixth in 17:25 and seventh in 17:32.
Stephenville had four of the top 10 finishers with Gilberto Garcia crossing the line in 17:50 for ninth and Luis Carrillo in 17:53 in 10th. There were 21 other runners to finish before Daniel Orsornio wrapped up the team score in 32 in 19:17.
The boys team standings were tight with the Jackets needing just eight less points to match Midlothian Heritage, the winner with 52. Castleberry was in between with 55. They were the only contenders as Mineral Wells had more than twice the total of Stephenville with the Rams placing fourth at 138.