|NH girls, Stinson near top of the pack|
|From Staff Reports|
Sept. 6, 2006 - Como-Pickton junior Bethanie Stinson picked up where she left off last year, and the North Hopkins girls continued their strong cross country tradition on Saturday.
Stinson took third place at the Tiger Chase Invitational cross country meet in Commerce, while the North Hopkins girls, led by Jessi Mannis, Sabra Thomas and Rosa Fuentes, were the top Class A school at the Plano Invitational.
Paced by their best three runners placing in the top 12, the Lady Panthers finished fourth in Div. II at the Plano meet with 158 points. Madill, Okla. was the top school with 69 points, followed by Celina with 152 and Allen with 154. There were 24 teams competing in classifications from 5A to 1A.
Mannis was the top NH finisher, running the two-mile course in 12 minutes, 44 seconds. Three seconds and two spots behind her was Thomas, while Fuentes was 12th in 13:08. All three girls ran their first mile in under 6:13.
Virginia Thomas was fourth on the team and 67th overall in 14:41, followed by Scarlet Lozano in 14:47. Cayla Newkirk and Ebbonye Johnson rounded out the to seven in 15:17 and 16:46, respectively.
North Hopkins, the No. 2-ranked team in the state in Class A, is coming off a runner-up finish at state last year, preceded by two consecutive state championships.
In the JV division, North Hopkins had two girls competing: Hannah Martel finished 81st in 16:15 and Joy Johnson came in at 23:33.
Stinson, a two-time state qualifier in cross country and a state qualifier in track last season as a sophomore, finished in third place individually in at time of 12:33 for the two-mile course in Commerce.
In the JV girls division, the Lady Eagles had an individual champion in Alma Lara, who won the race in 14:20. Irma Tellez was 17th in 16:44 and Kristen Simmons was 32nd in 18:13.
In the varsity boys division, Tony Mercado placed 35th in a time of 20:05 for the 3.1-mile course.
Como-Pickton will compete at the Robert E. Lee Invitational on Saturday on the campus of UT-Tyler.