Competing on tough courses is nothing new for the Aledo cross country teams, and on Saturday, Sept. 17, they took on one of the toughest to be found in the Paschal Invitational at Athletic Performance Ranch.
“This is probably the most difficult course we run all year,” said Aledo coach Mike Pinkerton. “It was a good day by all. Although we were missing a few runners, the rest of the team really stepped up and performed.”
All of the Aledo teams had a strong showing in the challenging field. The Bearcats placed third in the varsity boys division, while the Ladycats were fourth among varsity girls. The junior varsity were sixth.
Jack Fink once again paced the Bearcats, taking fourth individually with a time of 16 minutes, 43.24 seconds over the 5K course. Vincent Luffey also broke the top 10, placing eighth in 17:03.47, while Henry Zedler was just out of the top 10 in 12th with a 17:18.57.
Molly Garrison led the Ladycats, posting a fourth-place time of 19:47.09. Sophia Brandenburg was 12th in 20:25.05.
Rounding out the varsity boys were Dominick Barrera, 32nd; Luke Schabel, 43rd; and Anderson Smith, 117th. Rounding out the varsity girls were Sidney Tillotson, 26th; Elizabeth Griffin, 30th; and Aubrey Connelly was 59th.
The JV boys were led by Daniel Stephens, fourth individually in 18:41.26, while James Price clocked a 19:31.54 for 13th. Also, Bo Merrill (18th), Caden West (60th), Ian Robbins (68th), Christian Flores (69th) and Isaac Price (72nd) ran for the JV Bearcats.
Emily Lewis led the JV Ladycats, taking 15th place in a time of 23:28.47. Caroline Browning placed 21st and Sadie Williams was 24th. The JV girls did not have enough runners to field a complete team.
The Aledo squads were competing in the Birdville Flyin’ Hawk Invitational, held at The Buff in Fort Worth, at press time.
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