Hebron Cross Country
The Hebron varsity girls' and boys' cross country teams each finished fourth at the McNeil Invitational Saturday, Oct. 3, running the state meet course in Round Rock, Texas. The junior varsity teams competed at the Jesuit Cross Country Classic at Dallas' Norbuck Park, taking second in the JV boys' race and sixth in the JV girls' race with three girls and one boy competing at the varsity level.
Senior Anna Elkin and sophomore Abby Riordan led the Hawk girls at the McNeil Invitational, taking fifth and sixth respectively in 17:29 and 17:30. Freshman Aailya Fazel was 27th in 18:24, junior Amanda Case was 52nd in 18:44 and sophomore Kaitlyn Irving was 86th in 19:08. Also racing for the Hawk girls were junior Hannah Pettigrew, 114th in 19:32, sophomore Madi Turner, 130th in 19:41 and senior Kalindy Cordero 170th in 10:05.
Leading the Hebron boys at McNeil were senior Drew Cummings, who was 14th in 15:31 and junior Conner Miller, who finished 16th in 15:33. Sophomore Adam Dayani was 57th in 16:06, senior Moshe Eskenazi was 85th in 16:20 and senior Mason Richter was 118th in 16:34. Rounding out the top seven were senior Mason Sheffield in 16:51 and freshman Dylan Lowe in 18:16.
“We had some really good things happen today, and then we found some stuff we're going to need to work on,” said Hebron Head Coach Jason Grennier. “Getting fourth is obviously not where we want to finish at the end of the year, but they were not handing out any state championship medals today so we've got time to improve where we need to.”
Four individuals moved up from the junior varsity squad to compete in the varsity races at the Jesuit Cross Country Invitational. On the girls' side, Peyton Williams was 25th in 20:51, Annie King was 34th in 21:20 and Abby Hampton was 39th in 21:30. All are freshmen. On the boys' side, senior Matthew Williams was 48th in 17:32.
Junior Nate Hoppe won the JV boys' race in a time of 17:41. The next six finishers for Hebron were all freshmen: Carson Yarbrough in 11th (18:17.2), Harrison Brode in 12th (18:17.6), Grant Goodrich in 17th (18:28), Miles Richter in 29th (18:48), Ethan Hardy in 39th (19:05) and Luke Rehfuss in 40th (19:06).
The Hawks run their last regular-season meet of the season on Saturday, Oct.10 when they travel to Hurst, Texas to compete in the Flyin' Hawk Invitational hosted by Birdville High School on the TCC Northeast Campus.
Cross Country Team Accolades
"Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."
-PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian