|NH girls win another title; SB boys place third|
|From Staff Reports|
Sept. 11, 2006 - TYLER - The North Hopkins girls chalked up a team championship at the Tyler Lee Invitational Cross Country Meet on Saturday, while Como-Pickton's Bethanie Stinson had another top 10 finish at the same meet.
Meanwhile, the Sulphur Bluff boys had a notable finish of their own, coming in third at the Bland Invitational.
Led once again by their top three runners, the Lady Panthers won the Class A-3A division of the REL meet by accumulating 65 points to outduel Tyler's T.K. Gorman by 10 points. There were 19 teams in the varsity division.
NH senior Sabra Thomas was the top finisher for the Lady Panthers, placing third on the two-mile course in a time of 12 minutes, 2 seconds. She was followed by junior Jessi Mannis in fourth place in a time of 12:12, and senior Rosa Fuentes fifth in 12:14.
The only runners to finish ahead of the NH trio were White Oak's Catharine Loden (11:30) and Mia Behm (11:53).
Stinson finished in sixth place in the same division in a time of 12:21. She was the top runner in Class 2A.
Scarlett Lozano was their fourth NH runner, finishing 26th in a time of 13:49. Coming in one place behind her was Virginia Thomas in 13:51. Cayla Newkirk rounded out the NH runners with a 36th-place finish in a time of 14:10.
In the JV division, Como-Pickton's Alma Lara finished second overall in a time of 14:22. She was followed by teammates Irma Tellez in 16:37, Nicole Spaid in 17:14, Kristen Simmons in 17:52, and Deanna Garrett in 22:21. The Lady Eagles finished with a team score of 156.
NH had two girls entered, Joy Johnson, who finished 49th in 19:56, and Tana Hall who came in at 21:50.
In the boys varsity division, Como-Pickton's Tony Mercado came in 61st in the 3.1-mile race in a time of 20:50.
At Merit Bland, the Sulphur Bluff Bears came in third place in the team standings with three of their runners finishing in the top 20.
Everett Wilder was the top Bear runner, placing 15th in a time of 19:17 on the 5K course. He was followed closely by teammates Merced Rodriguez in 19:23, and Trey Henderson in 20th in 19:35. Rounding out the scoring for Sulphur Bluff was Ismael Guitierrez in 50th in 21:07, and Jeremy Hatfield in 70th in 21:46.
Also running on the varsity level were Gerardo Rodriguez and Josh Formoso.