The District 16-3A meet was held at LeTourneau University. The top three teams and top ten individuals will advance to the Regional meet on October 28th at Jesse Owens Sports Complex in Dallas. The girls will race at 1:30 and the boys race will begin at 2:00. White Oak had several runners advance as a team or as individual medalists. The girls kicked off the morning with two top 10 finishes that were only separated by a heel and toe. Abby Quesenberry finished in 3rd in 13:22.1 and Morgan Benge in 4th 13:22.4. Both ladies ran good strategic races, and will qualify for the Regional meet in Dallas. In the boys race, the team finished as District Runner Up, allowing all seven boys to advance to the Regional meet. Three Roughnecks finished in the top ten; Tristan Blair, 6th, 19:22, Nathan Green 7th, 19:37, and Alberto Soto, 8th in 19:45. John Langley was close behind in 13th, 20:14. Langley ran the back half of the race very well after a tough start, which helped secure the team standing. Adrian Pinson and Logan Dugger raced in their first District meet and finished 31st and 33rd in 22:38 and 22:46 respectively. This will be a return trip to the Regional meet for Langley, Green, Benge, and Quesenberry. In the late afternoon the junior high runners took to the course led by seventh grader Lizzy Still’s individual title in 14:18, followed by Maddie Reed in 6th, 15:38. Brooklyn Yount finished in 24th, 18:09. In the boys’ race Kohl Adams finished in 14:39 for 29th and Cole Adams, 16:44, 48th place.
There will be no Junior High Practice Wednesday morning October 9th.
The 16-3A XC meet will held at LeTourneau University in Longview on Wednesday, October 9th. The schedule is as follows:
HS: 9:00 Varsity Girls
9:30 JV Girls
10:00 Varsity Boys
10:30 JV Boys
This is a rolling start,so times will likely be earlier
Awards for Top three teams and top 10 individuals advancing to the Regional Meet will be held following the JV Boys race
JH: 3:30 JH Girls
4:00 JH Boys
Runners will be dismissed from class at 2:00 to change and get on the bus by 2:15. Runners can leave with their parents after the meet.
The Buckeye Invitational was a hot spot for medal collecting this past weekend for the Ladyneck and Roughneck Cross Country teams. The morning started with an individual win for Lizzy Still in the Junior High Girls race. Still completed the course in 14:43 for first place. Maddie Reed finished the two mile course in 16:38 for 35th and Brooklyn Yount finished in 62nd in a time of 17:55. In the Junior High Boys race Kohl Adams finished in 15:48 for 60th place out of 143 runners. In the Varsity girls race Morgan Benge placed 13th in a time of 14:35 followed by teammate Abby Quesenberry in 26th and a time of 15:18. The Varsity boys finished in 5ht place as a team in a field that saw 94 runners compete. This week the Roughnecks were led by Tristan Blair’s 14th place finish in a time of 19:20. Blair was followed by Alberto Soto in 26th, 19:57 and Nathan Green in 33rd, 20:34. John Langley, 20:49, and Adrian Pinson, 21:34, rounded out the team scoring for the Roughnecks in 38th and 48th. Jake Yarbrough and Logan Dugger finished the 5k course in 22:11 and 23:20 for 52nd and 63rd respectively. This weekend the teams will be idle in preparation for the district meet held on October 9th at LeTourneau University.
The meet on September 28th will be held at the Gilmer Elementary School Campus. We will meet at the shed (metal building in front of the bus barn). We will meet at 6:00AM and leave at 6:15AM. All JH runners need to wear their uniform to the meet. They should wear a WO t-shirt over their uniform top and bring a bag with a towel and snacks for the morning. It is important, they eat something when they get up in the morning. If they don’t feel like eating, send something with them and I will make sure they eat before their race. JH runners should also bring a couple bottles of water and a sports drink (Gatorade, Powerade, Body Armour are good choices). I will have a cooler for their drinks. JH runners may leave with their family after they race, I will have a sign out sheet, however they must ride with family.
Race location: Gilmer Elementary 1625 US 271 North. The school is located just past the Walmart on 271 on the left hand side.
Race Schedule: Rolling Start
8:30 JH Girls
9:00 JH Boys
9:20 Varsity Girls
9:40 Varsity Boys
The Roughnecks and Ladynecks returned to racing this weekend at the Hawks Invitational held at Hawkins High School. Cloudy skies helped cool things off for a morning of fast running. The boys team which placed third as a team this week was lead by Alberto Soto’s sixth place finish in 19:33. Soto was followed by teammates, Nathan Green, 10th in 19:51, and Tristan Blair eleventh place, 19:52. John Langley and Adrian Pinson rounded out the team scoring for the Roughnecks in 17th, 20:18, and 21:33 for 30th place respectively. Jake Yarbrough made his Varsity debut this week finishing in 32nd place in a time of 21:40. Logan Dugger also competed in the Varisty boys race in a time of 23:22 for 48th place. In the Varsity girls race Morgan Benge finished in 14:42 for 18th place followed by Abby Quesenberry in 21st for 14:49. The junior high runners also returned to action at this meet. Lizzy Still raced to a seventh place finish in 13:59 followed by Maddie Reed in 39th for 16:04,and Brooklyn Yount in 72nd for 18:00. In the boys race Kohl Adams finished in 50th place in a time of 15:03. Cole Orms improved to a time of 15:25 for 61st place. The runners will compete at The Gilmer Buckeye Invitational.
This week we will travel to Hawkins High School for their invitational meet. The meet is held at Hawkins High School, 231 Hawk Drive, Hawkins, TX 75765. This is traditionally a fast course, so I look forward to the runners improving their performances from the Tyler meet. I will have a cooler for the junior high runners to out their drinks in, and they should arrive at the shed in their uniforms. We will meet at 6:00 and leave at 6:15 from the shed. The junior high runners may leave with their parents when they are finished with their races.
8:00 Varsity Girls *WO runners will compete
8:30 Varsity boys *WO Runners will compete
9:00 JH girls *WO runners will compete
9:30 JH boys *WO runners will compete
The Ladynecks and Roughnecks were back in action this week at the Tyler Lee Invitational held at the campus of UT Tyler. The Junior High runners also made their debut this weekend. In the Varsity girls race and just out of medal contention was Morgan Benge, 13:26,in 16th and Abby Quesenberry in 83rd in 15:05.The Varsity girls race saw 171 runners compete. Alberto Soto led the Roughnecks this week in the Varsity boys race with a time of 19:47 for 48th out of 180 runners. Soto was followed closely by teammates,Tristan Blair in 20:12 for 61st, John Langley in 20:18 in 66th, and Nathan Green, 20:50,84th. Adrian Pinson and Logan Dugger also made their Varsity debut along with Blair this weekend, finishing in 22:00 and 22:58 respectively. The Varsity boys finished 14th as a team. Jake Yarbrough also made his debut this weekend in the JV boys race finishing the 5k course in 22:08 for 127th out of 371 runners. In the Junior High boys race 277 runners crossed the finish line. Kohl Adams finished in 15:06 for 124th. Addams was followed by Cole Orms in 16:32 for 190th place. 19:35. In the Junior High girls race, Lizzy Still raced to a time of 16:02 for 33rd place in a race that saw 231 runners. Brooklyn Yount finished 92nd, 18:20, Jaidyn Marshall, 118th, 19:39 and Maddie Reed, 119th for 19:40. These week the teams will be idle and return to racing on September, 21st, at Hawks Invitational in Hawkins.
The meet on September 9th will be held at the UT-Tyler Campus by the soccer fields. We will meet at the shed (metal building in front of the bus barn). We will meet at 6:15AM and leave at 6:30AM. All JH runners need to wear their uniform to the meet. They should wear a WO t-shirt over their uniform top and bring a bag with a towel and snacks for the morning. It is important, they eat something when they get up in the morning. If they don’t feel like eating, send something with them and I will make sure they eat before their race. JH runners should also bring a couple bottles of water and a sports drink (Gatorade, Powerade, Body Armour are good choices). I will have a cooler for their drinks. JH runners may leave with their family after they race, I will have a sign out sheet, however they must ride with family.
Race Schedule: ** Rolling Start. They will start the next race as soon as the previous race finished, therefore times could be earlier
8:25 JV Boys *WO runners competing
8:55 JV Girls
9:15 Small School Varsity Boys *WO runners competing
9:45 Small School Varsity Girls *WO runners competing
10:05 JH Boys *WO runners competing
10:25 JH Girls *WO runners competing
The clouds rolled in Saturday morning providing some shade as the High School runners raced at the Backwoods Gallop held at LeTourneau University. The race was a nice preview to the District 16 race that will take place on October 26th. Several runners earned hardware today on the fast grassy course. Alberto Soto lead the Roughnecks in the Varsity boys race to a 16th place finish in 19:29. Soto was followed by John Langley, 20th, in 20:03 and Nathan Green, 33rd, 21:16. In the Varsity girls race, Morgan Benge finished in 13:56 for seventh place and Abby Quesenberry finished the two mile course in 14:10 for 13th. The JV boys race saw all three runners medal in the top 15. Tristan Blair raced to a third place in 20:50, followed by Adrian Pinson in sixth, 21:41, and Logan Dugger, 13th, 23:12. The runners will compete at the Tyler Lee Invitational held at UT Tyler next weekend. This is traditionally a very fast, flat course and one of the largest races of the season.