SLOCUM – The Palestine Wildcats cross country teams both walked away with first-place finishes at Slocum's Mustang Invitational Friday. This was a varsity only meet.

Palestine boys were the only Anderson County team to finish top three as a team, while the Lady Mustangs took second and the Lady Elks took third.

On the boys' side, Palestine had three of the top five finishers at the meet. Luis Rangel finished second, at 18:34, 16 seconds behind the first-place medalist. Michael Chaidez finished third, 18:46, while freshman Jalbert Sandoval took fourth, 18:52.

Gabriel Gante was the next best finisher for the Wildcats in sixth, 19:17. Gantes was one of 11 Wildcats they placed inside the top 20.

Junior Luis Castillo placed ninth, 19:39; Garrett Bowden secured 10th, 20:01; Raul Ramirez was 11th, 20:11; and Jonathan Chavez placed 12th.

Tony Garcia, Arath Chavez, and Cruz Villanueva placed 14th, 16th, and 18th, respectively.

Frankston's Martinez was the Indians' top finisher in 21st with Marine finishing 23rd. Elkhart's Zane Quick and Pablo Rodarte placed 24th and 25th, respectively. Slocum's Evers and Chapin both made top-30 finishes at the meet running 22:38 and 23:15, respectively.

The Ladycats had 10 runners place inside the top-15 of 47 total runners. Emerith Hernandez finished as Palestine's top lady runner in second behind Elkhart's Guin Young.

Young outpaced the competition at 13:43, while Hernandez ran a time of 13:48.

Lady Elk Ava Trim rounded out the top three in third with a time of 14:09.

Slocum's Abby Saraff finished fourth at 14:41, while Palestine's Emily Marroquin took fifth.

Frankston Maiden runner Kaylee Davis was the top runner for her group in sixth with Ladycat Yaneli Ruiz following her in sixth.

The Anderson County train momentarily paused at seventh before Frankston's Abigail Fletcher picked back up in the eighth. Ladycat Suzy Francia was eighth, Neches Lady Tiger Breanna Fredrickson was the lone top-10 finisher for her school before Palestine took hold of the next six spots.

Macy French, Brenda Trevino, Karina Gutierrez, Sam, Amy Rangel, and Celeste Lara took control of spots 10-15.

Slocum rounded out three of the next four runners inside the top 20 with McNeil, Lasiter, and Cockerham finishing 16th, 18th, and 19th – in that order.

Neches Lady Tiger Rain secured the final top-20 spot with a time of 16:32.

Full Varsity Boys Results:

1W ReevesDouglass18'18
2L RangelPalestine18'34
3M ChaidezPalestine18'46
4J SandovalPalestine18'52
5G KarnsDouglass19'06
6G GantePalestine19'17
7O GarciaCrockett19'22
8J LopezCrockett19'30
9L CastilloPalestine19'39
10G BowdenPalestine20'01
11R RamirezPalestine20'11
12J ChavezPalestine20'12
13D FreemanDouglass20'47
14T GarrioPalestine20'52
15J ArnettLaneville21'15
16A ChavezPalestine21'33
17J SniderNeches21'34
18C VillanuevaPalestine21'42
19L RayLatexo21'47
20T CurlessLatexo21'51
21G MartinezFrankston22'04
22N JonesDouglass22'13
23L MarineFrankston22'20
24Z QuickElkhart22'22
25P RodarteElkhart22'27
26A GallierDouglass22'28
27B EversSlocum22'38
28D JohnsonDouglass22'45
29A SanchezCrockett22'48
30J ChapinSlocum23'15
31A HargroveLatexo23'26
32E RodriguezLatexo23'27
33W JohnsonDouglass23'44
34G KrumnowElkhart23'47
35  23'50
36I CruzCrockett23'52
37D WilliamsNeches24'04
38D LewisLaneville24'18
39H JenkinsElkhart24'19
44D JuanCrockett26'20
45C TuckerLatexo26'24
46S ServinNeches26'41
47C LaPrarieLatexo27'01
49M BarrettNeches 
50C BartonSlocum 
51C SpahlingerNeches 
52C CaranthanNeches 
53M MinterGrapeland 
54A BurkeLatexo 
56V HernandezLaneville 

Full Girls Varsity Results:

1G YoungElkhart13'43
3A TrimElkhart14'09
4A. SaraffSlocum14'41
6K DavisFrankston14'52
7E RiceDouglass14'54
8A FletcherFrankston14'57
9B FredricksonNeches15'06
16B McNeillSlocum16'06
17K AduronCrockett16'07
18M LasiterSlocum16'16
19A CockerhamSlocum16'17
20L RainNeches16'32
21C DuvallLatexo16'36
22M IbromSlocum16'37
23E McShanDouglass16'38
24A RichardsonDouglass16'55
25J NealSlocum16'56
26A GuerreroCrockett17'03
27R KrumnowElkhart17'22
28H RayLatexo17'35
29M GilbbinsLatexo17'41
30E MataCrockett17'55
31A TaylorSlocum17'55
32A GonzalezCrockett18'00
33L TubbsElkhart18'05
34L PoskyDouglass18'12
35K BoazNeches18'26
36S AbshireLatexo18'40
37J GouldFrankston18'51
38A GrammerDouglass19'12
39B KnightElkhart19'14
40A HendersonElkhart19'19
41L KeelingDouglass19'28
42K CoatsFrankston19'47
43K PattersonLatexo19'55
44H PyleKennard20'48
45L HernandezLaneville22'43
46M MartinezCrockett23'06
47E CruzCrockett27'01

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