Another gold for LH cross country

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The boys cross country team finished third at the Belton Invitational last week. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

The boys cross country team finished third at the Belton Invitational last week. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By LAUREN JETTE

The Lady Panthers Cross Country team built on their first place finish in the first meet of the season with another top finish on Aug. 28 at the Belton invitational, while the Panthers took third place.

“A lot of the runners had a better time this week,” said head coach Kim Holt. “The kids competed hard. The team will be working hard these next two weeks in hopes of beating their time this past week.”

The Liberty Hill girls cross country team took gold at the Belton Invitational last week. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

The Liberty Hill girls cross country team took gold at the Belton Invitational last week. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

Leading the Lady Panthers in the 1A-4A division was Mckynzie King, who crossed the finish line first in 12:09, followed by Danielle Rimann, who finished third in 12:33.

Rounding out the top 10 were Emma Hofmann, who finished fifth in 13:32; Hannah Brown, who finished sixth in 13:35; Mikayla Stiles, who finished seventh in 13:37; Courtney Peterson, who finished in 13:38 and Emhely Guzman, who finished ninth in 13:39.

Also crossing the finish line for the Lady Panthers were Ellana Luna, who finished in 13:47; Molly Cowert, who finished in 13:58 and Cassidey Weems, who finished in 14:03.

Pacing the Panthers to a third place finish in the 1A-4A division were Nick Roth, who finished in 12th place in 18:08; Jarod Dixon, who finished in 14th place in 18:21; Bryce Stratton, who finished in 15th place in 18:29 and Andrew Frerichs, who finished in 19th place in 18:36.

Cade Cole finished in 26th place in 18:58; Ryan Ray followed in 28th place in 19:00; Christian Montelongo finished in 29th place in 19:04.

Also competing for Liberty Hill was Nick Bramhall, who finished in 19:24; Ethan Hershberger, who finished in 19:26 and Justin Zuhn, who finished in 19:27.

The girls junior varsity won first place, competing in 1A-6A group.

Top finishers were Ellie Rimann, first place; Kennedy Coleman, seventh place and Sarah Bittner, 15th place.

The runners are off until Sept. 12, when Liberty Hill will host a meet.

“We are trying to work on getting the kids stronger and faster,” Holt said. “Our goal is to have the teams racing their best come the district meet on Oct. 16.”

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