Saturday, September 12, with temperatures in the 70’s and very little breeze, was the perfect day for the Bandera Invitational Cross Country Meet at Bandera City Park.
First up was the varsity girls race. Bandera High School medaled in six out of nine places in the race. Juniors Hannah Edwards and Raleynn Butler came in first and second, while Morgan Cole finished fourth.
Freshman Trinity Butler placed 11th, while another freshman, Makayla Gonzales, placed 16th. Sophomore Danielle Gonzales placed 20th, and freshman Gracie Bankston rounded out the Bulldog varsity squad, placing 21st.
That allowed the Lady Bulldogs to claim the meet’s gold medal, winning with 34 points, over Pleasanton which had 56 points and Boerne which had 101 points. The Bandera High
The Bandera High School girls junior varsity squad also placed first as a team, coming in with 37 points over Boerne and Pleasanton.
Sophomore Sophie Hartmann led the Lady Bulldogs JV placing second, while junior Ashley Grodman was sixth, freshman Carlye Niccum finished eight, sophomore Ashlyn Brown was 10th, freshman Madelyn Garza finished 11th, freshman Riley Smith finished 12th and freshman Calie Tripp rounded out the junior varsity team placing 13th.
Bandera’s boys varsity team finished third overall in its division, with five runners logging their personal best times. This was also the first 5K race for five Bandera runners.
Bandera’s Logan Dybowski placed fourth with a personal best time of 17.26, 32 seconds faster than his previous 5K times. Ethan Brown finished seventh with a personal best time of 17.38, a 10-second improvement over his previous times.
Josh Short placed 15th at 18.40, a minute faster than his previous personal best. Braden Cox also improved his best time by one minute and placed 16th.
Also, Jacob Haas placed 22nd with a personal best time of 19.11, also an improvement of one minute over his previous times. Donovan Brown, running his first 5K race, placed 31st with a time of 20.00.
Junior varsity runner Mariano Casas ran his first 5K race with a time of 19.12. Freshman Hudson Jackson also ran strong in his first 5K, finishing with a time of 20:34 in the JV division.
One of the highlights of the meet was the large group of Bandera Cross Country Team members running alongside freshman Travis Niccum in the latter stages of the junior varsity race, encouraging him to finish his first 5K run.
Bandera’s Cross Country teams return to action on Saturday, Sept. 19, in Uvalde.