Stephenville finished second in the girls team standings and third among the boys Wednesday afternoon in the Thrill of the Hill cross country meet at the Stephenville City Park.
Presley Wall of SHS finished second in the varsity girls division with a time of 13:16.93, behind Killeen Ellison’s Alina Simon (13:10.14).
Emily Kirbo was the second Honeybee to cross the finish line (fourth place, 13:33.59), followed by Amiah Rodriguez (19th, 14:31.81), Daisy Richards (20th, 14:33.50) and Monica Flores (29th, 14:52.90).
The meet’s varsity girls team champion was Godley, which is a member of Stephenville’s district. Godley’s team score was 62 and Stephenville’s was 73.
For the Yellow Jackets, Christian Brown was the top finisher in fifth place, with a time of 17:56.96. Daniel Osornio was 17th (19:48.86), Luis Carrillo was 19th (19:57.08), Seth Garza was 24th (20:02.60) and Josue Lumbreras was 46th (20:54.26).
First among the varsity boys in the team standings was Boyd (40 points), followed by runner-up Killeen Ellison (77) and SHS (100).
The name of the annual Thrill of the Hill meet comes from the hill that the runners must tackle early in the race, which was 3,200 meters for the girls and 5,000 meters for the boys.
SHS coach Kristi Mayes had some runners who were not at 100 percent physically, but the event should be a good experience in preparation of the District 7-4A meet, which will be Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Stephenville, on the same course.
“Our course is tough and the kids attacked it with a tenacious mindset,” Mayes stated in an email. “As a coach, it's always a great feeling when you see your kids look a challenge in the eye and rise to meet it. Our meet is a gut check and I feel like we handled it with a fearlessness.
“On the Bees side, we are a little banged up. Amiah has been nursing hip flexor pain, Daisy was ill this week, and Anahi (Rivas) is experiencing some pain in her lower leg so we are hoping to rest a little before our district meet on Tuesday. Presley and Emily led the Bees with impressive runs. It great to see them running strong.”
Mayes noted that Brown and Osornio looked strong and comfortable during the run.
“Daniel has been working really hard to improve his time and his efforts are starting to pay off,” Mayes said.
The coach said the runners are excited about their possibilities in the district meet.
“We intend to step up mentally and physically and compete for a district title and hit the post season running for the gold at the regional meet (Lubbock, Oct. 22),” Mayes said. “We would love a chance to compete at the state meet; it would be a huge blessing to see all of their miles, in season and the summer, payoff for a trip to compete in Round Rock (state meet, Nov. 3). I'm so proud of the CC kiddos — their heart, dedication, and love for each other is immeasurable and I'm glad I get to tag along for the ride.”