STEPHENVILLE - The Honeybees defended their home turf, winning the 2007 Stephenville cross country meet in a landslide.

Despite the absence of two of the Bees’ top three runners, eight of the top 10 finishers were from Stephenville.

Vanessa Elizondo reached the finish line first, covering the 2.1 mile course in 13:41. She was followed by second-place finisher Kinsie Colegrove, who recorded a time of 14:40.

also in the top 10 for Stephenville were Christy Ruiz (4th-14:47), Kim Gonzalez (5th-15:00), Caitlin Endly (6th-15:07), Rachel Whiteley (7th-15:08), Chelsea Berry (8th-15:32) and Sydney Sult (10th-15:54).

The Bees were without leading runner Allison Woerner, who took an official visit to Baylor Saturday. Woerner ran at the Baylor invitational, placing second in a field of over 400 participants. SHS was also without Allison’s sister Emilie Woerner.

Stephenville Coach Cindy Davis entered a varsity blue squad in the meet as well, moving up her top seven junior varsity girls. Kayla Kolb was the team’s top finisher, placing 19th.

Stephenville was third in the varsity boys division, with three Yellow Jackets placing in the top 10.

Dillon Auvenshine led the way for the Jackets, finishing fourth. He completed the 2.9 mile journey in 18:34. John Matt Allen was the fifth finisher, stopping the clock at 19:05. Jacob Vaughn came in 10th in 19:38.

Stephenville was without Elijah Martin, Michael Knapser, Daniel Griffin, Jake Singleton and Micah Muir.

In the JV girls class, Stephenville received help from its high school basketball teams in forming a complete team, since some runners were competing at the varsity level.

The JV Honeybees won the event, with Alyssa Spruil taking first place in 16:46. Hilde Talsma came in second, while Stephanie Ong rounded out the top five.

Stephenville swept places six through eight with Kelsey Evans, Alyssa Graham Sharee Ortiz, respectively.

In the JV boys division, Victor Martinez finished first for SHS in 19:31. Clint Warren of Stephenville came in eighth, and Justin Eoff also ran for the Jackets.

Coach Davis expressed her appreciation for all of the area business that sponsored the meet—Barefoot Athletics, SPARD, Hendershot Equipment, Swish Inc., Ace Hardware, Wal-Mart SuperCenter, Little John’s Produce and Piggly Wiggly—as well as all the coaches who who helped to see it through.

The varsity Bees and Jackets will be competing in Lubbock next weekend.

“That will be the true test,” Davis said. “A lot of the teams in our region will be there.”

Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at brad.keith@empiretribune.com.