Stephenville High School cross country coach Kristi Mayes likes what she sees so far from her varsity girls and boys teams.
The SHS teams both came back from the Glen Rose Invitational meet Sept. 6 with second-place finishes in the varsity division.
The previous week, the Honeybees and the SHS boys team both placed third in the Elk Invitational in Burleson.
They had opened their season on Aug. 25 in Fort Worth at the Cowtown Classic. The Yellow Jackets were third in the varsity division and the girls were sixth.
“I thought our kids did a pretty good job,” Mayes said of the Glen Rose event, which was held at Dinosaur Valley State Park. “We had a lot of PR’s (personal records) that day.”
The SHS boys were missing one of their athletes in Glen Rose, but Mayes said she “thought our boys stepped up.”
This year’s varsity boys squad features senior Lane Rust and Gilberto Garcia, along with Christian Brown, Luis Carrillo and Angel Luna.
Last season, the SHS boys finished in sixth place at the regional meet, 10 points away from qualifying for the state meet. Rust was 11th at the regional event, one spot out of a state-qualifying finish. The Honeybees placed 13th in the regional team standings.
There are no seniors on the varsity girls team.
That squad includes juniors Anahi Rivas and Emily Kirbo, along with Presley Wall, Jordan Beyer, Monica Flores and Reagan Henry.
In the Glen Rose meet
For the girls at that meet, Presley Wall was second in the varsity division and Emily Kirbo was third. Rivas and Beyer finished 16th and 17th, respectively.
For the boys competing in Glen Rose, Rust, Brown and Carrillo gave the Yellow Jackets seventh through ninth place finishes, respectively.
Stephenville’s girls and boys teams will have their next outing on Sept. 22 in Lubbock at the Lubbock Invitational.
“I’m excited where we’re headed,” Mayes said. “The kids are working hard. They have been running most all of the summer. I’d just like to see them be the best version of themselves, as runners and as a person. I would like for them to see growth, and their goals attained.”