The defending Class 6A state champions took the win Saturday morning at the Nike South Invitational at Bear Branch Park in The Woodlands.
The Woodlands Highlanders won the elite boys 5K race with all five runners in the top 30, including a bronze medal for senior Spencer Cardinal.
The Highlanders totaled 58 points while College Park took second with 81 points.
On the girls’ side, College Park was the top Montgomery County team in the elite race with a 10th place finish.
Cardinal, who helped The Woodlands to a fourth straight team state title last year at Round Rock, was nearly three seconds off the pace of winner Nick Majerus of Kingwood. Majerus, at 15:29.30, barely beat out Cole Lindhorst of Tompkins (15:29.70) for the gold medal. Cardinal came across at 15:32.10 ahead of College Park senior Nicklaus Brawner at 15:33.20.
Ethan Hammer was sixth place for The Woodlands at 15:40.20. Chance Gibson was 14th followed by teammate Benjamin Amundson in 15th. Aaron Soltmann rounded out the Highlanders team win with a 30th place finish.
College Park received a top 10 finish out of Ben Black, who came across in ninth at 15:59.30. Jeffrey Black was 21st.
Running individually, The Woodlands Christian Academy’s Ben Shearer was 10th place at 16:01.00.
Conroe’s Eric Pineda came across in 20th place and the Tigers finished 14th as a team.
Ellie Catron, running individually for TWCA, was the top county performer in the girls elite race. The senior was ninth place at 19:24.30.
Heidi Nielson (18:18.40) and Sophie Atkinson (18:37.70) took first and second respectively for Cinco Ranch. Mariana Guzman of El Paso Americas was third at 18:51.30.
Kingwood won the team standings 76, seven points ahead of Katy Tompkins.
Conroe senior Hannah Gault was 22nd and the Lady Tigers finished 15th as a team. College Park’s top finisher was Kathryn Lyon in 34th place.
Saturday’s Nike South Invitational also featured varsity races that were separate from the elite races.
The Woodlands won that boys race as well with 23 points.
The county swept all three medals as The Woodlands senior Nicholas Berta won gold (16:41.90), Magnolia junior Dylan Sequeira won silver (16:50.60) and Grand Oaks sophomore Hayden Eubank won silver (16:51.90).
The Highlanders had five top 10 finishers. Joshua English was fourth (16:52.20), Kyle Easton was fifth (16:53.20), Caden Cymbala was sixth (16:59.50) and Emilio Valencia was ninth (17:05.00).
In the girls varsity race, Magnolia West won second place as a team had a gold medal run from senior Peyton McQuillan. The senior finished in 19:10.50 and the Mustangs were eight points behind champion Bridgeland, which finished with 85 points.
Emma Ellis of Magnolia took silver at 20:05.70.
Catherine Benavidez of Magnolia West was fourth place at 20:29.40.
Complete results can be found on https://nikesouth.runnerspace.com/