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October 25, 2012

H.S. Cross Country: Large local contingent qualifies for regionals

The Elkhart girls’ cross country team capped a perfect regular season Wednesday, earning another district title and eighth team win in eight chances.

Led by district champion Anna Clark and district runner-up Kayla Johnson, Elkhart had four of its five scoring runners finish in the top-10, leading to the nine-point win over second-place Groveton and a return trip to regionals in Humble Nov. 3 at Atascocita High School.

Harley Brim finished sixth for the Lady Elks, followed by Joli Ballew in ninth.

Megan Davis rounded out the Elkhart scoring-five, leading in three-straight Elkhart runners with her 14th-place finish. Paige Huff and Madye Hays finished 15th and 16th, respectively.

Westwood’s Vanessa Mendoza just missed qualifying for regionals as an individual, finishing 11th.

The Elkhart boys finished second to Woden and are also regional-bound, with all five scoring runners finishing in the top-15.

Blake Zabick led four-straight Elk runners into the finish line with his 10th-place finish, followed by Tanner Tutt (11th), Luis Banuelos (12th) and Dillon Shaver (13th). Justin Bullard wasn’t far behind, finishing 15th.

Westwood’s Ben Gilbert was the area’s top male finisher, qualifying for regionals with his eighth-place finish.

Courtney Cheatham won the junior varsity girls’ individual title, leading the Lady Elks to the meet win.

Westwood’s Noemi Castelluccio finished second behind Cheatham, followed by Elkhart’s Paige Fillmore and Tiffany Rosas in third and fourth, respectively.

Elkhart’s Angel Smith finished eighth, followed by Westwood’s Nyrishia Jones in ninth and the Lady Elks Tracey Clewis in 10th.

On the boys’ side in the JV meet, Westwood’s Jerry Turner turned in the top local finish in fourth, followed by Elkhart’s Dalton Kassaw and Austin Stiers in fifth and seventh, respectively.

Westwood’s Francesco Zhoa also finished in the top-10, finishing in eighth.

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