The Needville High School cross country team traveled to Bandera City Park in Bandera Saturday to compete in the Bulldog Invitational, and the Blue Jays returned with major hardware.
The Needville boys won the team title with 67 points, edging out La Vernia (73) and Bandera (77).
Sophomore Andrew Pollard was the top finisher in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 17 minutes and 34.02 seconds for sixth place. Needville had five runners in the top 30 including Jesse Moreno (9th, 17:42.54), Jesus Pachito (13th, 18:00.37), Christian Moreno (22nd, 17:24.17) and Mohamed Jaber (30th, 18:48.22). Jose Melendez (39th, 19:09.08) and Tyler Skykora (54th, 19:50.44) rounded out the Jays’ times.
Needville was 6th overall in the team standings with 143 points, but the Lady Jays had two runners in the Top-10 of the 2-mile run. Senior Rachel Kubenka was second overall with a time of 12:49.78 and freshman Lita Meyer was ninth with a time of 13:05.81
The Needville girls finishers included Celeste Aguilar (33rd, 13:37.84), Nataly Flores (56th, 14:07.03), Mia Guillen (59th, 14:13.96) and Devany Garza (101st, 15:34.73).
Mayde Creek Invitational
The Fort Bend teams were a part of the field at the Mayde Creek Invitational Saturday at Cullen Park West.
The Lady Rangers of Clements won the team event with eight runners in the top 20 including the third overall runner, junior Isabella Martinez finished the 5,000-meter varsity event with a time of 21:14.2. Clements’ Sophie Hudzietz was fourth (21:32.8) followed by Lexi Huang (5th, 22:16.8), Labelle Lust (7th, 22:28.1), Fabiana Ponce De Leon (9th, 22:45.4), Hermela Leul (17th, 25:02.1), Kaitlyn Campbell (18th, 25:08.9) and Ashley Hernandez (19th, 25:32.7).
The Clements boys finished second overall in the 5,000-meter varsity event behind host Mayde Creek. Sophomore Joshua Wan was the top finisher for the Rangers with a time of 17:46.6, followed by senior Aidan Pumano in 12th (18:49.4), Andrew Johnson (14th, 19:10.5), Beyer Ethan (15th, 19:11.0) and Mikael Leul (16th, 19:20.3).
Bush’s Pablo Garcia was eighth overall with a time of 18:14.4, followed by teammates Adrian Herera (18th, 19:39.0), Kevin Reyes (21st, 19:47.6), Menjivar Anthony (22nd, 19:47.8), Rain Lam (40th, 24:19.5) and Joshua Williams (42nd, 25:23.7).
Deer Park ISD Invitational
Numerous Fort Bend teams competed in the Deer Park ISD Invitational Friday at the Burke Activity Center.
In the boys’ 5,000-meter varsity gold division, Elkins was second overall with 70 points followed by Travis in fifth place (167).
Senior Ethan Wasserman was seventh overall for the Tigers with a time of 18:22.94. Travis’ times also included Bryce Jones (30th, 19:40.91), Young Sean (48th, 20:17.11), Mason Sollenberger (54th, 20:50.49), Teel Applegate (22:01.89), Logan Perez (22:11.26) and Brett Arnold (78th, 22:45.79).
The Knights’ Zachariah Morin was fifth overall with a time of 18 minutes and 11.70 seconds. Elkins had five runners in the top 35 including Nathan Peters (8th, 18:24.25), Mohammad Anwar (14th, 18:30.70), Jordan Reddick (27th, 19:32.62) and Justin Soto (31st, 19:42.70).
Lamar finished 8th overall in the boys’ 5-000 meter varsity maroon division team standings with 213 points, Clear Lake won the event with 30 points ahead of Deer Park (100) and Cypress Woods (101).
Elkins was fourth in the girls’ 5,00-meter gold division race with 81 points. Travis had the area’s top individual finish with a time of 22:11.33 for senior K’lynn Carrington to finish 3rd overall.
Carrington’s teammates that finished included McKenna Duty (9th, 24:14.31), Amber Kowalewski (31st, 26:09.78) and Fatima Chaudhry (42nd, 27:42.76).
Elkins’ Sara Djibatche was 6th in the individual standings (22:53.51) followed by Zainab Anwar (17th, 24:14.31), Madison Leruox (26th, 25:46.66), Patricia Soriano (28th, 25:57.04), Rachel Lindemann (30th, 26:08.44), Amelie Cherry (41st, 27:39.74) and Hannah Larson (48th, 30:19.38).
In the maroon race, Lamar’s Grant Simnacher was the top finisher for the area with a 26th-place finish at 19:15. The Mustangs had fours runners in the top: Jordan Siegal (45th, 20:36.03), Manual Galarza (20:43.93) and Jake Hoffman (22:08.72).
Terry’s finishers included: Israel Torres (49th, 20:53.60), Philip Salazar (52nd, 22:04.54) and Carlos Beltran (53, 22:07.27).
Willowridge was led by senior Walter Retana in 44th place with a time of 20:33.64. The Eagles also had Cesar Escamilla in 58th (25:37.22) and Erik Cruz in 59th (25:37.44).
In the girls maroon race, Terry’s Marina Erazo was 44th (25:21.34) and Yolda Martinez was 53rd (26:27.59).
“Run the Dog Pound” Invitational
The Fulshear Chargers traveled to Magnolia to take part in the “Run the Dog Pound” Invitational on Saturday at Magnolia High School.
The Chargers boys finished fifth overall in the team standings with 117 points, following Klein Cain (60), Conroe Oak Ridge (92), John Cooper (109) and North Shore (116).
Senior Celso Pacheco was the top finisher for the Chargers with a fourth-place finish, setting a time of 16 minutes and 22.25 seconds. Teammates Zakary Sury was 10th (16:38.77) and Tyler Browning was 11th (16:39.70) followed by Jacobi Adelizzi (45th, 17:40.61), Noel Garcia (51st, 17:55.60), Kai Katiolais (64th, 18:25.11) and Zachary Tuttle (75th, 19:00.53).
The Fulshear girls finished seventh overall with 169 points. The top finisher was senior Mikaela Lopez at 20:45.44, followed by Ami Quiroz (21st, 20:56.54), Reese Reese (36th 21:47.34), Zoe Nowak (50th, 22:02.54) and Jessica Bilewski (68th, 23:09.37).