By Taylor Grafft
The Liberty Hill Varsity and Junior Varsity Cross Country team finished strong in their first meet of the season. The teams traveled to Llano on August 31 to compete and had multiple runners finish in the top three individual, while both the boys and girls varsity teams finished first overall.
“All the runners did a great job at the Llano meet,” Coach Kim Holt said. “It was a great start to the season.”
The Liberty Hill boys cross country team placed first overall with a score of 23. Wimberley High School finished second overall, while Llano High School took third place.
Senior Mitchell Germann finished in first place overall with an individual time of 17:08. Ryan Ray finished in fourth place with a time of 18:27.
Germann blew away the competition, finishing a whole minute in front of the second place runner from Wimberley.
The Liberty Hill girls cross country team placed first overall at the Llano meet with a score of 19. San Saba finished in second place with a score of 63, while Blanco finished in third with a score of 75.
Mckynzie King, Danielle Rimann, and Hannah Manning placed first, second and third in the meet. King finished first overall with a time of 12:33. Rimann finished with a time of 12:59, while Manning finished third with a time of 13:04.
“Germann and Rimann are doing a great job being leaders for the younger runners,” Coach Holt said. “Mitchell had a good race on Saturday. Rimann also competed well at Llano.”
The JV boys team finished first overall with a score of 15. Liberty Hill’s Dustin Taylor finished first overall with a time of 20:11. Jared Dixon and Andrew Frerichs finished in second and third as well. Dixon finished with a time of 20:26, while Frerichs finished at 20:33.
Tabitha Bowles finished in first place overall for the JV girls team with a time of 14:24. Mikayla Stiles finished in second place and Courtney Smith finished third.
Liberty Hill will host 31 schools on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Liberty Hill Invitational. The JV and Varsity teams will be competing and have high expectations to finish strong on their home course.
“This is a busy week for us,” Coach Holt said. “We have 31 schools signed up to compete at our meet. There will be more competition at our meet than at the Llano meet. I am eager to see how our kids will compete this week.”