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Ladycats win at A&M

First time at elite event


The Aledo cross county teams are used to running long distances. Last week they traveled three hours via vehicle - and then ran a long distance - to compete in the Texas A&M Invitational.

The Ladycats won the varsity girls division, scoring 157 points to 190 for runner-up Fredericksburg. The Bearcats finished 10th in the varsity boys division.

The Ladycats were led by Micah Neal, who placed eighth individually with a time of 19 minutes, 11.1 seconds over the 5K course. Jack Fink topped the Bearcat runners with a time of 16:08.08.

The competition was held after Aledo teams took the previous week off.

"It was another great week for Aledo cross country!" said an excited coach Mike Pinkerton. "It was an incredible day, with much lower temperatures during the races.  Both teams competed extremely well, given this was the first time the cross country teams have competed in this meet. Everyone ran very good times."

Saturday morning, Sept. 16, the junior varsity teams competed in the Paschal Invitational. In wet and muddy conditions, the girls finished 17th and the boys were 19th.

"Once again, everyone ran good times in the mud," Pinkerton said.

Saturday, the varsity will get a sneak peak at the course on which the state meet is held as they will run in the Hoka/McNeil Invitational in Round Rock. The JV squads will compete in the Birdville Flyin’ Hawk Invitational.

"Very proud of all of these runners, as they continue to improve weekly," Pinkerton said.

Texas A&M Invitational

Aledo results

Varsity team scores: Girls 157, first place; boys 396, 10th.

Distance 5K

Girls individual results (316 runners)

8. Micah Neal, 19:11.1.

12. Molly Garrison, 19:25.3.

26. Sofia Brandenburg, 20:29.7.

27. Mykel Murry, 20:31.9.

85. Mayden Mitchell, 21:37.3.

153, Aubrey Connally, 22:57.9.

Boys individual results (379 runners)

6. Jack Fink, 16:08.08.

40. Layton Ybarra, 16:53.4.

87. Luke Schabel, 17:28.3.

147. Dominick Barrera, 18:01.01.

158. Bo Merrill, 18:06.05.

165. Tyler Connally, 18:09.2.

180. Ian Robbins, 18:15.5.

192. Anderson Smith, 18:22.8.

Paschal Invitational

Distance 5K

Junior varsity girls

Team, 17th place

Individual results

87. Sadie Williams, 23:37.59.

129. Maddy Shepard, 27:09.19.

132. Giana Anaya, 28:29.96.

134. Alexa Estrada, 29:04.17.

136. Julia Bettencourt, 31:17.59.

JV boys

Team, 19th place

Individual results

82. Landon Eaton, 18:44.22.

94. Reed Murray, 19:01.79.

117. Zachary Rivas, 19:30.44.

142. Ethan Matthews, 20:17.68.

160. Lincoln Tuin, 20:57.89.

164. Reese Copeland, 21:28.03.

182. Jaden Delgado, 22:31.17.

186. Isaac Brooks, 22:34.89.

205. Dylan Hoover, 27:12.31.


The Willow Park Trinity Christian Eagles/Lady Eagles, along with the Weatherford Kangaroos/Lady Roos also ran at the Paschal Invitational.

Remington Boone of the Lady Roos led all area runners, finishing second over the 5K course with a time of 19:12.73. Also, Nayelli Ordonez placed 25th in 21:22.78.

Gracee Whiteaker led TCA runners, taking 15th among varsity girls with a time of 20:56.80. Emma Saadeh was 31st with a 21:38.34.

The TCA boys were paced by Wilson Winchester, who was 37th, posting a 17:49.55.

Braxton Boyer led the Weatherford boys, clocking a 17:43.63 for 35th, while Riley Starling was 39th with a 17:53.10.


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