|Mannis leads Lady Panthers to runner-up team finish|
|From Staff Reports|
Oct. 16, 2006 - LEWISVILLE - Led by a winning performance from junior Jessi Mannis, the North Hopkins girls showed up most of the larger schools Saturday at the Rick Neill Memorial.
The Lady Panthers were the only Class A team running in the cross country meet, but still came away with a second-place finish.
Mannis led the squad as three NH girls finished in the top dozen runners.
Mannis ran the two-mile course in 12 minutes, 5 seconds to win the individual gold. Senior Sabra Thomas finished seventh in 12:29, and senior Rosa Fuentes was 12th in 12:36.
They led the Lady Panthers to 133 points, finishing runner-up to Frisco (76) and edging out eight other larger schools.
The Lady Panthers' final four runners were closely grouped. Senior Ebbonye Johnson finished 54th in a time of 13:41, with Cayla Newkirk five spots back in 13:43, followed by Virginia Thomas in 13:47 and Scarlet Lozano in 13:59.
In the JV division, Brittany Whaley finished the race in 15:06, Tana Hall came in at 17:46, and Joy Johnson was timed in 18:22.
The Lady Panthers, ranked No. 3 in the state by the Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas, will race again on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the District 20-A meet in Bloomburg.
AVERY - The North Hopkins Junior High boys cross country team finished in first place at the Avery cross country meet Saturday as four runners finished in the top 10.
Paco Castro led the Panthers with a second place finish out of 55 runners with a clocking of 14:14, while Brandon Joslin was fourth in 14:21, Cameron Wilks finished seventh in 14:59, and Jose Osrio was eighth in 15:13.
Other North Hopkins runners were Pablo Olquin, 11th place in 15:47; Canyon Cockrum, 12th in 16:01; Luke Smith, 13th in 16:02 and Zackery Teel, 46th place in 19 minutes.
AVERY - The Sulphur Bluff boys came away with a third-place finish at the Avery cross country meet on Saturday.
The Bears had three runners finish in the top 15 as Merced Rodriguez led the team with a 10th-place time of 19:34 on the 3.4-mile course. Everett Wilder was 12th in 19:36, and Trey Henderson was one spot back in 19:37.
Rounding out the top five runners, Kyle Keahey finished 25th in 21:15, and Ismael Gutierrez was 33rd in 21:47. Also running for the Sulphur Bluff was Jeremy Hatfield and Gerardo Rodriguez.
The JV boys had two runners medal as Zach Hope placed seventh in 22:31 and Josh Formoso was 11th in 23:11.
In the junior high girls' race, which was 2.25 miles, Carissa Wolf placed second overall in a time of 16:06. Teammate Estefani Gutierrez was 10th in 17:45, and Mikayla Potts placed 15th in 18:52.