Last weekend, the Bandera Bulldog Cross Country teams competed at its own home meet at Bandera City Park against teams from Fredericksburg, Medina, Pleasanton, Lytle, Hondo, Gonzales and Uvalde.
The varsity girls from Bandera started off the morning winning their division with only 22 points, beating out the 2nd place Pleasanton team which had 74 points.
The finishes and times for the Lady Bulldogs were Morgan Cole 2nd place, 12:03; Hannah Edwards 3rd place, 12:09; Raelynn But ler 4th place, 12:11; Makayla Gonzales 6th place 12:30; Trinity Butler 7th place, 12:32; Gracie Bankston 11th place, 12:48; Danielle Gonzales 12th place, 12:52; Kaitlin Doebbler 13th place, 12:52; Sophie Hartmann 23rd place, 13:08; and Mallorie Powell 30th place, 13:33.
The junior varsity Lady Bulldog team placed 3rd with 51 points.
Junior Ashley Grodman led the Lady Bulldog team placing 5th with the time of 14:17. Madison Gillapsy placed 6th in 14:36, Carlye Niccum was 7th in 14:55, Lydia Devigny was 16th in 16:18, Emily Garcia placed 17th in 16:22, Sadie Smith 18th in 16:33 and Katie Dibrell rounded out the top 7 and was 19th in 16:39.
Breanna Guth placed 32nd in 18:02, Rhiana Garza was 33rd in 18:08 and Noellia Guevarra was 34th in 18:18.
The boys XC team finished as the runner up with 57 points, 25 points behind Fredericksburg and 7 points ahead of a strong Lytle team.
It was the Bulldogs first opportunity to compete against the district rival this season, and they competed well.
Logan Dybowski led the Bulldogs once again finishing 5th overall with a time of 17:29. Other varsity competitors were Ethan Brown 10th 18:03, Braden Cox 11th 18:08, Josh Short 17th 18:47, Jacob Haas 21st 18:59, Hudson Jackson 28th 19:22.
Reese Mazurek had a strong JV race, running a 21:18 and finishing sixth in his first competition of the season.
Almost every single runner improved their time, their time being either their season best or personal best.
The Bandera Cross Country teams will be back in action this weekend at Uvalde.
Brooke Ashcraft is Bandera High School’s head girls cross country coach.