Owls place 10th in state XC meet


     Round Rock -- The UIL State Cross Country Meet was held Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23-24, at Old Settlers Park.

     The Hondo boys’ cross country team placed 10th in the state in Conference 4A in the Tuesday midday event. The Owls were led by senior Angel Rodriguez, who placed 15th overall, with a time of 16:26.35 on the 5K course.

     Sophomore Anthony Sandoval came in 40th in a time of 16:55.07, followed by senior Cristian Gaucin, 91st, 17:58.72; sophomore Zachary Rodriguez, 104th, 18:25.17; senior Aaron Ledesma, 109th, 18:29.40; sophomore Garrett Scott, 121st, 20:47.43; and sophomore Ethan Hernandez, 123rd, 20:55.29.

     San Elizario was the team champion in the 4A boys’ division, followed by Melissa and Perryton. Other Region IV qualifying teams, Fredericksburg and Bandera, placed seventh and eighth in the team standings.

     Running Monday morning, state qualifying D’Hanis freshman Ryley Phillippe placed 59th in the field of 121 in the 1A girls’ event. Her time at the end of the two-mile course was 14:09.74. With a split time of 6:30.23 at the end of the first mile, she was in 76th place, but turned up the pace in the second mile to move up 17 spots in the standings. 

     Nazareth was the 1A girls’ team champion, while the individual champ was Taytum Goodman of Springlake-Earth, whose time of 11:18.29 was a full 57 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

     In the 5A girls’ division on Monday afternoon, Medina Valley senior Macy Livingston placed 62nd in a field of 121 runners. Her time at the end of the 5K course was 19:06.73. Her split time after one mile was 5:44.08, and after two miles, her time was 12:19.47. She moved up eight spots in the standings from the first split to the second, and another four spots between the second split and the finish line.

     Boerne Champion was the team champion in the 5A girls’ division. Freshman Isabel De Frankenberg was the individual winner, with a time of 17:10.65, more than 18 seconds ahead of the runner-up.