The Kingwood boys and girls cross country seasons ran parallel in 2016. Both captured District 21-6A titles, both finished second at the Region III-6A Meet and qualified for the state meet.
Both programs look to return to the UIL Class 6A State Championships again in 2017. The boys squad placed fifth at last year’s state meet and look to be among the favorites again in District 21-6A competition.
Of the top five runners at last year’s district meet, only one was a senior. Freshman Nick Majerus led the way at district, placing second overall in a time of 16 minutes, 00.29 seconds.
He led a trio of Kingwood underclassmen to the finish line. Junior Eddie Barnett ran third in 16:20.27 and sophomore Trent Nolen placed fourth in 16:21.73. Sophomore Carter Storm took sixth in 16:27.51.
The girls squad finished eighth at the state meet in 2016 after capturing its fifth consecutive district title, another streak started following a string of 20 consecutive district championships from 1990-2009. The Lady Mustangs finished second at regionals after winning the event the previous two years.
Jeremy Dye takes over the program and begins his 19th year of coaching. He moves over from a Tompkins High School program he opened in 2013, winning a district title, finishing third at regionals and 11th at state in its inaugural season.
A cross country runner at Brazoswood High School and in college at both Stephen F. Austin and Texas State, Dye won six district titles with Kempner’s girls and boys cross country teams and was the assistant coach at Seven Lakes for two district and region titles and a state runner-up finish.
Of Kingwood’s top seven runners at last year’s district meet, only one was a senior. Junior Jessica Hergott led a group of Lady Mustangs underclassmen to the finish line, placing second in 19:18.95.
She was followed in order by sophomores McKenzie Clark (19:35.92) and Ensley Hammond (19:47.76), freshman Daniella Wisiniewski (19:50.90), sophomore Allie Self (20:02.20) and junior Megan Eichler (20:14.71).
Freshman Rachel James was Kingwood’s fifth runner at the state meet, finishing in a time of 20:44.04).
The Lady Mustangs open the 2017 season Sept. 2 at the Seven Lakes Invitational, gearing up for the annual Andy Wells Invitational, Sept. 16 at Kingwood High School.
The district meet is set for Oct. 13 at Atascocita High School with the regionals scheduled for Oct. 23 in Huntsville. The 2017 state meet takes place Nov. 4 at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock.
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