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LadyBulldogs edged out on home trail by San Angelo

By Sandy Jennings BCC Sports

LadyBulldog Cross Country hosted over 15 schools at the Bandera Bulldog Early Season Cross Country Invitational in Bandera City Park on Wednesday, August 30.
“We were made aware that it is usually easier to be ranked number 1 pre-season than it is to win every meet during a cross country season.” Head Girls Cross Country Coach Steve Golemon said. “Although the LadyBulldogs, who had been split into two varsity teams, ran fairly well, they finished second in both the Varsity Girl 5K Division and the Varsity Girl 3200 Meter Division, while the LadyBulldog Junior Varsity, also placed second in their division.”
In the Varsity Girls 5K Division, the LadyBulldogs finished with a point total of 40, only two points behind Class 6A San Angelo Central, while the LadyBulldogs in the Varsity Girls 3200M Division finished with a point total of 50, 28 points behind Class 4A Pleasanton.
In the Junior Varsity Division, the LadyBulldogs had a point total of 66, which was 15 points behind Class 5A Kerrville Tivy.
In the Varsity Girl 5K Division, senior Alia Henderson placed 1st (20:38.61), junior Ashlyn Persyn placed 2nd (20:45.41), while senior Sandy Clarkin finished 6th (21:48.24).
Next in for the LadyBulldogs was sophomore Caitlyn Thrasher, who finished 13th (22:21.37) and junior Salma Gutierrez, finishing 21st (23:14.16).
“Except for Clarkin, this was the first ever 5K competition for these LadyBulldogs and all 5 entries earned medals,” Golemon said.
In the Varsity Girls 3200M Division, freshman Kendra Schwarz finished 2nd by running a personal best time of 13:39.65. Joining Schwarz in the top 10 was sophomore Jordan Edwards, who placed 9th with a time of 14:21.478, which was 52 seconds better than her previous high school time.
Running in her first ever high school cross country meet, junior Deja Gamez ran 14:36.69 to finish 11th, while sophomore Penelope Garcia, running in her first cross country race of the 2017 season, finished 12th (14:39.22).
Sophomore Carson Brzezinski, running in her first varsity competition ran 33 seconds faster than she did in junior varsity competition at Ingram to finish 18th (15:04.15). Sophomore Corrine McMullan rounded out the Lady Bulldog varsity medal winners, as she improved her time by 39 seconds to finish 22nd (15:09.88). Senior Alexandra Soupley crossed the finish line at 35th (16:47.07), which was a 1 minute and 13 second improvement of her time recorded at Ingram.
In the Junior Varsity 3200M Division, freshman Natalie Morgan finished 4th (14:29) for the second meet in a row, but ran 1 minute and 15 seconds faster than she did in her first high school meet. Running in their first ever cross country meet, junior Mary Alvey finished 6th (14:34), and junior Heather Dickeson finished 8th (15:09). The other LadyBulldog JV medal winner was sophomore Kathya Gonzalez, who finished 18th (16:19) by running 1 minute and 4 seconds faster than she ran at Ingram.
JV LadyBulldogs following Gonzalez across the finish line were sophomore Ofelia Macias (32nd/16:58), junior Kylie Cody (33rd/17:02), junior Tatianna Trevino (52nd/18:38), and freshman Lauryn Davila (54th/18:56).
“Ofelia Macias, Tatianna Trevino, and Lauryn Davila all improved their times from the Ingram Warrior Cross Country Meet, with Macias improving her time by 1 minute and 51 seconds and Davila improving her time by 1 minute and 45 seconds,” Golemon said.
Next stop for the Bandera LadyBulldogs will be the 2017 Hondo Cross Country Invitational, which is held at the Hondo Municipal Golf Course on Saturday, September 9.
According to Golemon, Bandera will most likely run two Varsity teams and one Junior Varsity team in an effort to determine which runners are presently among the top 10 Lady Bulldog runners.
Varsity Girls run at 8:30am, followed by Varsity Boys at 9:00am, while the JV Girls run at 9:30am, followed by the JV Boys at 11:00am. This meet will also mark the beginning 2017 competitive Cross Country season for Bandera Middle school.