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Bulldogs place in top 10 at 6A cross country meet Elizondo brings home silver for Bandera long distance runners

By Sandy Jennings BCC Contributor

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Bandera Boys Cross Country team for 2014 includes: standing, Josh Williams, Bradley Casada, Dustyne Fritz, Cole Waren, Jacob Williams, James Hulsey, Casey Harp, Aidan Keane and Coach Clifton Tierney; kneeling: Michael Gonzalez, Tanner Gibson, Allen Clark, Seva Nix, Ben Lopez, Brendan Keane, Jarred Elizondo and Jose Gonzalez.

Bandera Boys Cross Country teams traveled to the Comal County Fairgrounds to compete in the New Braunfels Invitational meet this weekend, alongside over 700 runners from surrounding 6A and under schools. Bandera's Varsity placed tenth as a team and Jarred Elizondo took home the silver medal, beating out hundreds of runners from 6A schools including Reagan, Churchill and Smithson Valley.
"I was very pleased with how our boys finished," Head Boys Cross Country Coach Clifton Tierney said. "Jarred Elizondo ran a 9:52, beating the fastest runner in our state competition last year."
Following Elizondo across the finish line for Bandera were Ben "Little Tank The Hen" Lopez placing 45th with 11:09; Josh Williams placing 62nd with 11:39; Jose Gonzalez placing 63rd with 11:42; Aiden Keane placing 69th with 11:54; Allen Clark placing 74th with 12:03; and Michael Gonzalez placing 79th with 12:37.
"We are still missing Seva Nix, one of our top runners, so I was really pleased that as a team we placed in the top 10, just three points behind Reagan High School," Tierney said.
Bandera's JV Boys placed 15th as a team with Casey Harp finishing in the top 25. Harp placed 24th with a time of 11:36.
Following Harp across the finish line for Bandera were Tanner Gibson placing 85th with 12:48; Bradley Casada placing 107th with 14:40; James Hulsey placing 111th with 14:49; and Jacob Williams placing 112th with 15:02.
This Saturday, Bandera Boys Cross Country will compete in the Annual End of Medals Cross Country Race at Comfort High School.