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LadyBulldog CC find trifecta of gold on beach

By Sandy Jennings BCC Contributor

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Medalist freshman Ashlyn Persyn placed ninth out of 274 runners in the Class 3A/4A Division by recording a time of 12:34.

Another chapter of the LadyBulldog Cross Country history book under the leadership of senior Mercy Yermo was written this past weekend as the Lady Bulldogs, who entered the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander Splash Cross Country Invitational for the first time in school history, returned to Bandera last Saturday as triple winners. Senior Mercy Yermo, running in a field of 191 runners, won Class 4A/5A 5K. Sophomore Sandy Clarkin, running in a field of 274 competitors, won the Class 3A/4A 3200M, and the LadyBulldogs won the Class 3A/4A 3200M Team Championship by defeating 28 other schools.
Winning the Class 4A/5A 5K Division gold medal, Yermo recorded a time of 19:42, which would have earned her fifteenth place in the elite Gold Division, second place in both the 5A and 6A Divisions and fourteenth in the College Division.
Clarkin's winning time of 12:11 in the 3A/4A 3200M Division was the best time recorded in any of the 3200M girl races at the Islander Splash.
"Like Mercy, Sandy pulled away from the remainder of the field over the last half mile of the race," Head Girls Cross Country Coach Steve Golemon said.
Freshman Ashlyn Persyn earned the ninth individual place medal in the Class 3A/4A Division by recording a time of 12:34. Persyn has consistently turned in impressive times throughout the season in her freshman debut, continuing to rank as the third LadyBulldog across the finish line, behind Yermo and Clarkin.
The remaining LadyBulldogs all ran 14:30 or better and placed in the top third of the 274 competitors.
Junior Kaitlyn Rodriguez, finished twenty-first with a time of 13:01, followed by freshman Sullivan Wilke placing thirty-fourth with a time of 13:20. Close behind Wilke in thirty-eighth place was senior Brenda Gutierrez, who ran 13:25. On Gutierrez's heals, was freshman sibling Salma Gutierrez, running a 13:56 to finish fifty-fourth.
Senior Allie Denham recorded a time of 14:01 to finish fifty-ninth. Only two places behind Denham, was freshman Sydney Graves, who finished sixty-first with a time of 14:02.
Finishing just one place behind Graves, was sophomore Maddison Brzezinski (62), with a recorded a time of 14:02. Junior Monica Mata finished sixty-fifth with a time of 14:05.
Crossing the finish line in eighty-second place was freshman Meghan Mangold, recording a time of 14:25.
Only five places and five seconds behind Meghan was sophomore Abbey MacMillian, who finished in eighty-seventh place with a time of 14:30.
On Saturday, October 3, the LadyBulldogs will travel to Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, where they will compete in the McNeil Cross Country Invitational.
The LadyBulldogs will enter all nine of the freshman runners in the freshman division and 10 sophomores through seniors in the varsity division.
The Varsity 1A-4A Girl Division will run at 11:50 am, and the Freshman Boys and Girls from all division schools will run together at 12:45 pm.
The course for McNeil Invitational is the same course that will be run at the 2015 UIL State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 7.
"For some of the LadyBulldogs, the McNeil Cross Country Invitational will be their last invitational cross country meet of the 2015 season, as they will concentrate on preparing for the 2015 UIL District 29-AAAA Cross Country Championships, which will be held at the Hondo Municipal Golf Course on Monday, Oct. 19," Golemon said.