The “banged up” Stephenville cross country girls team seemed to have mended quite nicely since last week, as both the Honeybees and the Yellow Jackets captured team titles Wednesday afternoon in the District 7-4A meet held at the Stephenville City Park. The team victories qualified the SHS teams for the Region I-4A meet, which is slated for Oct. 22 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.
Honeybees finished in the top two places, with Presley Wall of SHS making it through the muddy course to win the girls 3,000-meter race with a time of 12:47.57, and Emily Kirbo taking second place (12:48.78).
All six of Stephenville’s varsity boys finished among the top 13.
Christian Brown, a state qualifier last year for the Yellow Jackets, led the boys team once again with a second-place finish in the 5,000-meter course with a time of 17:45.48. Daniel Osornio (18:38.14), Luis Carrillo (18:46.67) and Seth Garza (18:51.42) were not far behind, taking fifth through seventh, respectively.
Following last week’s Thrill of the Hill home meet, SHS coach Kristi Mayes had stated that the Honeybees were “a little banged up" after they finished as the runner-up in that competition, 11 points behind team champion Godley.
On Wednesday, the SHS girls won with 33 points, while Brownwood was the runner-up with 40 and Godley was third with 58.
In addition to the top three teams advancing to the regional meet, the top 10 individuals also made it.
Amiah Rodriguez of SHS finished sixth among the girls with a time of 13:03.57. Next for the Honeybees was Macayla McCann (11th, 13:42.85), Daisy Richards (13th, 13:47.33), Anahi Rivas (19th, 14:10.22) and Monica Flores (26th, 14:54.19).
Also for the SHS boys, Jesus Medrano finished 12th with a time of 19:44.43), Josue Lumbreras (13th, 19:53.79), Angel Luna (18th, 20:36.87).
Stephenville dominated the junior varsity girls division as the team champion (15 points, compared to 50 for runner-up Brownwood, while the SHS JV boys were second behind Mineral Wells.