Magnolia and Magnolia West produced some strong performances at the District 19-5A cross country championships on Thursday at Spring Creek Park in Tomball as three of the four varsity teams advanced to the regional meet.
The top three teams and top 10 individuals advanced to the Region III-5A championships, which will be held on Monday, Oct. 28, at Kate Barr-Ross Park in Huntsville.
Magnolia West led the charge locally in the girls varsity race as the Lady Mustangs finished second with a score of 30. They were only beat out by district champion College Station and edged rival Magnolia (50). All three teams, which were the only full teams competing on Thursday, are headed to the regional meet.
Magnolia West was led by individual district champion and senior Peyton McQuillan, who crossed the finish line at 19 minutes, 5.80 seconds. She was followed by teammates Catherine Benavidez (fourth, 20:18.50), Maddy Spottswood (11th, 21:16.80), Karina Sosa (14th, 22:05.80) and Abby McBride (21st, 22:25.20).
Magnolia was led by individual runner-up and junior Emma Ellis, who finished at 19 minutes, 43.30 seconds. She was followed by teammates Ashlee Glover (eighth, 20:45.20), Abigail Ray (15th, 22:11.60), Alexis Madden (16th, 22:18.50) and Anjoely Ramirez (22nd, 22:32.40).
Sequeira, Strait lead Bulldogs
The Magnolia boys made the cut by finishing second with a score of 74, trailing only district champion College Station (31). Katy Paetow (91) secured the other spot at regionals, and Magnolia West (92) came up just short.
The Bulldogs were led by juniors Dylan Sequeira and Keaton Strait, who finished third and fourth, respectively. Sequeira clocked in at 17 minutes, 11 seconds, and Strait was close behind at 17:12.30. Jack Voelker (18th place, 18:27.40), Matthew Connally (21st, 18:30.30), and Roberto Flores (28th, 18:47.10) rounded out the scoring runners.
Magnolia West was led by Owen Maxwell, who took sixth place overall with a time of 17 minutes, 34.70 seconds. He was followed by teammates Fredy Sillero (ninth, 17:51.70), Mitchell Traweek (13th, 18:14.20), Hunter Gregory (27th, 18:42.60) and Brandon Beavers (37th, 19:16.50).
Siddart Jayarman of College Station was the district champion at 16 minutes, 51.10 seconds.