State course isn't kind to county runners: NH's Cadena, SB's Wilder are only two to finish among top 20

From Staff Reports

Nov. 12, 2007 - ROUND ROCK - Old Settlers Park in Round Rock wasn't kind to Hopkins County runners on Saturday.

The UIL State Cross Country meet was disappointing for most local runners, as North Hopkins junior Jose Cadena and Sulphur Bluff junior Everett Wilder were the only two to finish among the top 20 in their divisions.

Cadena and Wilder, running in the Class A division, finished 18th and 19th respectively at the state meet after coming in 1-2 at the Region II event a week prior.

Cadena ran a time of 18 minutes, 1.45 seconds for the 3.1-mile course, while Wilder finished in 18:03.50. Wilder's teammate, sophomore Trey Henderson came in 47th place in a time of 18:52.25.

North Hopkins finished 10th overall in the boys division as Lorenzo Rivera placed 58th (19:15.30), Dylan Horne came in 64th (19:27.40), Paco Castro was 71st (19:36.25) and Roger Sancho placed 95th (21:14.25). Brandon Joslin also competed, finishing in 22:19.40.

Sancho is the only senior among the group, so North Hopkins' team will be looking for their third consecutive state meet trip next year.

In the girls Class A race, Miller Grove senior Stormy Combs finished 43rd in a time of 13:21.70 for the two-mile course. It was the third straight state meet for Combs, who finished 14th there last season.

North Hopkins senior Jessi Mannis, who finished sixth at the state meet the last two years, couldn't overcome a persistent foot injury, finishing 63rd in a time of 13:43.50. Last year, she ran almost two minutes faster on the same course, but her foot injury was too much this year.

In the Class 2A girls race, Como-Pickton senior Bethanie Stinson came in 29th place after a third-place finish last year. Stinson, who qualified for the state meet all four years in high school, ran a time of 13:07.45.

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