The boys and girls cross country teams from The Woodlands Christian Academy made their mark at the state meet once agian.
Coached by Tom Earle, the boys won their third consecutive TAPPS Class 4A championship Monday morning, and the girls team accomplished its goal of winning for the fourth consecutive year and fifth time in last six seasons.
The Warriors were not the only local runners to perform well at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco. The Legacy Prep Lady Lions won their first-ever state title in Class 3A, and Conroe Lifestyle Christian won the girls 1A title for the second straight year.
TWCA junior Ben Shearer — just one of two returning runners for the Warriors this season — was the individual winner in the 5K race. Shearer finished nearly a minute ahead of silver medalist John Carrera of Houston St. Thomas Episcopal. Shearer finished in 16:20.1, about 5:15.1 per mile. Shearer finished in fourth place last year.
Junior Josh Mueck, the other returning runner for TWCA, finished with a bronze medal at 17:25. He was a silver medalist a year ago.
Caleb Bigler took eighth place for TWCA (18:05.2), Zachary Bagnoli was 13th (18:22.1), and Lucas Trevathan was 22nd (19:05.8).
TWCA had 47 points while Dallas Cristo Rey College Prep had 71 and St. Thomas Episcopal had 89.
Ellie Catron was the gold medalist for the third straight year in the girls race. The senior ran the two-mile race in 11:57.7, well ahead of second-place finisher Madeline Seebeck of Schertz John Paul II, who crossed in 13:14.1. Catron kept a pace of 5:58.8 during her winning run.
Lindsay Worthington, a sophomore, took fourth place at 13:38 for the Lady Warriors. Junior Fern Shirley came across in sixth at 13:46. Isabella Krantzke, a sophomore, took 16th place in 14:21.2, and the fifth runner to cross was sophomore Ellie Johnson at 14:59.9.
The Lady Warriors totaled 50 points, 93 ahead of second-place Houston Northland Christian (143) and third place Dallas Shelton School (147).
In the girls two-mile Class 3A race, Legacy Prep finished with 52 points to edge out both Dallas The Covenant School and Spring Providence Classical School, which each had 60 points. The Lady Lions finished in third a year ago.
The top performer for the Lady Lions was junior Caroline Freeman, who won bronze at 13:28.2. Freshman Aubrey Davis was 11th at 14:11.1. Sophomore Layla Fasal was 15th (14:22.6), Maggie Tautfest was 22nd (14.38.6) and sophomore Maddie Steed was 37th (15:12.1).
In the girls two-mile Class 1A race, Lifestyle Christian finished with 66 points, ahead of Cornerstone Christian-San Angelo (78) and Macedonian Christian Academy-Alamo (92).
Freshman Faith Holman was the fastest runner for the Victors as she finished sixth at 15:06.7. Emily Garza, a sophomore, was 10th at 15:18.4. Junior Jenny Rubio was 33rd (17:31.5), senior Morgan Guthrie was 35th (17:34.7), and freshman Kaitlin Sparks was 38th (17:50.5).
The Legacy Prep boys team finished fourth in the 5K Class 3A race. Sophomore Carter Hutton finished 10th at 18:37.9, and fellow sophomore Brennan Clark took 20th place at 19:26.7.