Kingwood High School varsity boys and girls cross country ran in the UIL Region III 6-A Championship meet Monday, Oct. 28 in Huntsville. The Mustangs competed in a 24-team field on a tough, dry course at Kate Barr Ross Memorial Park. The afternoon start made for sunny and slightly warm conditions.
Kingwood girls continued their dominance with a decisive victory over all the competition to take the championship spot with a score of 42 points. Atascocita’s Avery Clover was the first individual finisher with a time of 18:24. Sophomore Carson Parker was the top KHS finisher, crossing the line in fourth overall clocking 19:07, followed by freshman Rebecca Rhodes in fifth with 19:08 and freshman Carly Ahrens in sixth with 19:11. Rounding out ‘Stang scoring was senior Rachel James (19:30 in 13th) and freshman Jenna Carter (19:54 in 20th). Freshman Skye Hoffman and senior Daniela Wisniewski also contributed to the win.
The KHS girls have been consistent and impressive all season. Parker gave her thoughts on the race and what’s next for the team: “We all went out with confidence and raced how we have this entire season. Now all we have to do is do the same or even better for state! We have worked hard all season to get where we are and we know we have challenging competition ahead of us!”
Their competition will be the best in Texas -- the top four teams from each of the four regions will make up the 16-team field at the Texas State 6-A Championship Saturday, Nov. 9 at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock. Other state qualifiers from Region III included Katy Tompkins in second place, Katy Seven Lakes in third, and Houston Stratford in fourth.
The Kingwood boys competed with heart but completed their season with a 16th place finish at the regional competition. La Porte senior Ryan Schoppe took first place overall with a time of 14:59. KHS Senior Nick Majerus ran strong, finishing in second place overall with a time of 15:42 and securing a berth to compete individually in the State 6-A Championship. Top four teams from Region III advancing to state on the boys side are Katy Seven Lakes, Katy Tompkins, Atascocita and Houston Strake Jesuit.