By TAYLOR GRAFFT
The Liberty Hill Varsity and Junior Varsity Cross Country teams competed in Liberty Hill on Sept. 7 at the Liberty Hill Invitational. The competition was fierce as Liberty Hill finished strong in the home meet.
“We had 33 schools bring kids to run at the meet,” said Coach Kim Holt. “That is a lot more than we expected to have. I think the meet went great and the only thing was that the heat got to some of the runners.”
The Liberty Hill Varsity boys cross country team placed six overall with a score of 155. Dripping Springs High School finished first overall, while Rouse High School took second place.
Senior Mitchell Germann finished in second place overall with an individual time of 16:02.97.
“The boys ran well,” Coach Holt said. “They ran with the 4A – 5A divisions which gave them more competition.”
The Liberty Hill girls cross country team placed first overall in the two mile run with a score of 15. Wimberley finished in second place with a score of 73, while Lago Vista finished in third with a score of 74.
Mckynzie King, Danielle Rimann, and Hannah Manning placed first, second and third in the meet. King finished first overall with a time of 12:57.62 Rimann finished with a time of 12:58.07, while Manning finished third with a time of 13:29.84.
The varsity girls had a great race,” Coach Holt said. “I thought all the runners did an awesome job. Everyone who helped us with the meet also did an awesome job.”
The JV boys team finished second overall with a score of 61. Smithson Valley High School finished first overall with a total of 39. Liberty Hill’s Dustin Taylor finished fourth overall with a time of 19:04.97.
The JV girls team finished second overall with a total score of 57. They finished behind Smithson Valley High School who finished with a total score of 22.
The runners felt a slight advantage over the competition with their familiarity with the Liberty Hill course.
“I think the advantage to running at a home meet is that you know the course and you have lots of fans supporting you,” Coach Holt said.
“I think we had a good course,” she added. “The kids all said they liked it. It had some inclines in some parts, which helped to make it a little more challenging.”
Liberty Hill will compete on Friday, Sept. 13, in the Pflugerville meet and will look to continue their strong start to the cross-country season.
“All teams did very well on Saturday,” Coach Holt said. “I was very pleased with the results.”