District Results at EF

The White Oak Cross Country teams too home three individual titles at Elysian Fields on Saturday along with a District Championship in the Varsity girls division. Cryslan Tucker started off the morning winning the girls’ individual title with a course record of 12:00 flat. She was followed by teammates Shaynee Tyl, 2nd place, 12:44, and Cece Hernandez 3rd, 13:14. Olivia Sipes, 4th and Katie Williamson, 7th,rounded out the team scoring for the Ladynecks. Luisa Soto placed 14th in 14:42. Tucker’s performance was followed by a first place finish in the JV girls division by Tova Mellby in 15:20. Dylan Harris would defend his boys individual title from a year ago in 16:32. Morgan Benge placed second in the JH girls division with a time of 14:04. Nathan Green raced his best time of 13:39 for a 4th place finish. He was followed by Alberto Soto in 7th, 14:09 and Tristan Blair in 9th, 14:34. This race will wrap up the JH season, but the Varsity runners have earned the right to continue on to the Regional II meet held on October 23rd at Lynn Creek in Grand Prairie.

Gilmer Meet Results

The Ladyneck and Roughneck Cross Country teams competed at the Gilmer Invitational on Saturday, September 30th. The girls finished in fourth place as a team among a field of twenty teams. Cryslan Tucker led the Ladynecks with a 3rd place finish with a time of 13:37. Shaynee Tyl also collected some hardware with a 9th place finish in 14:13 among 156 competitors. CeCe Hernandez and Katie Williamson finished in 27th and 38th place respectively with times of 15:04 and 15:43. Luisa Soto rounded out the team scoring in 70th place and a time of 16:39. In the boys varsity race, Dylan Harris placed 10th, 17:51, in a field of 177 runners. The Junior High runners kicked off the morning with Morgan Benge placing 9th in a time of 15:25. Benge has placed in the top ten in all of her races this season. In the boys’ race Aidan Kennar led the team in 27th place in 14:52. Nathan Green improved on his performance from last week finishing in 15:20 for a 56th place. Green was followed by teammates Alberto Soto in 88th, 16:05, and Tristan Blair in 95th, 16:21. The teams will compete in their District meet on Saturday, October 7th at Elysian Fields High School. The races are slated ti begin at 8:30 with the Varsity girls race.

District Meet Information

The District meet will be held at Elysian Fields HS on Saturday, October 7th. We will meet at the shed at 6:00 and leave at 6:15. This will be the last race of the season for the Junior High runners. After their races, they may ride home with their parents. All Junior High runners should make sure and wear sweats to the race on Saturday, the weather is normally cooler this time of year. They do not need extra layers under they uniform. They will also turn in their uniform after they run, so they need sweats to wear home.
This is also a rolling start so the race times are approximate
8:30 AM Varsity Girls 2 Mile
9:00 AM Varsity Boys 5k
9:30 AM Junior Varsity Girls 2 mile
10:00 AM Junior Varsity Boys 5K
10:30 AM Middle School Girls 2 Mile
11:00 AM Middle School Boys 2 Mile
Awards following last race

Pictures for the JH runners will be Wednesday, October 4th at 6:40AM. We will meet like we normally do at 6:20. The runners need to wear their uniform and running shoes to practice for pictures.

Gilmer Meet Information

We will travel to Gilmer for the Buckeye Invitational on Saturday, September 30th.

Race location: Gilmer Elementary 1625 US 271 North. The school is located just past the Walmart on 271 on the left hand side.

Race order:
8:30 JH Girls
9:00 JH Boys
9:20 Varsity Girls
9:40 Varsity Boys
10:00 JV Girls

We will meet at the shed at 6:45 and leave at 7:00

Pine Tree Meet Results

The 8th Annual Pine Tree Pig Trot and Puddle Jump did not disappoint. This weekend the runners tackled a challenging true-to-form cross country course. The terrain was rugged with two distinctly challenging hills, one at the beginning of the course and one right before the homestretch to the finish. The runners approached the course with grit and determination, which resulted in excellent times for this course. Dylan Harris won the 4A-1A 5k division in a time of 17:26. The girls finished fourth as a team in a field of 16 teams. Cryslan Tucker finished second in 12:42, Shaynee Tyl 11th in 13:42, followed by CeCe Hernandez in 24th place in a time of 14:33. Katie Williamson, 36th, and Luisa Soto, 63rd, rounded out the team scoring this week in a field of 125 runners running 15:10 and 16:30 respectively. This week the Junior High Runners returned to action. Morgan Benge collected some hardware finishing 6th, 15:04, in girls race of 196 runners. Benge ran a very good tactical race moving from 9th to 6th place mid-way through the last hill and holding off a late surge at the end. In the boys race, Aidan Kennar led the roughnecks in 34th place in a time of 13:52. Kennar was followed by teammates Nathan Green in 62nd, 15:02, and Alberto Soto, 97th place in 16:01. Tristan Blair, 155th, 18:16 and Devin Dies, 180th, 20:41 rounded out the team scoring in a race that saw 196 competitors. The teams will travel to Gilmer this weekend for their final tune-up before district on October 7th at Elysian Fields

Pine Tree Meet

This week we will return to action at the Pine Tree Pig Trot and Puddle Jump at Katy’s Ranch (see map below). The JH will return to action at this notoriously tough course. It is a true trail course spanning different terrains and natural obstacles, like ponds and hills. We will meet at 6:30 and leave at 6:45 Saturday morning. This meet uses a “rolling start” format. This means as one race finishes the next race starts. The times below are only estimated, so arrive early so you don’t miss the race.

Varsity Boys 9:00
Varsity Girls 10:00
JV Girls 10:20
JH Boys 10:40
JH Girls 11:00

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Hallsville Invitational Results

The White Oak Cross Country teams tackled the course at Lear Park on Friday, September 15th. In the boys Open 5k division Dylan Harris finished 11th in a time of 17:16 in a field that saw 138 runners compete. The girls team finished fourth among 25 teams in the 1A-4A Varsity division. Cryslan Tucker led the Ladynecks this week with a 4th place finish in 12:21. Shaynee Tyl and Olivia Sipes also collected some hardware this week, placing 9th and 12th respectively. CeCe Hernandez raced to 25th place followed by Katie Williamson, 34th, and Luisa Soto 96th in a race of 195 competitors. Tova Mellby collected hardware for the second week in a row with a sixth place finish in the JV girls race. The runners will be back in action on Saturday, September 23 at the Pine Tree Pig Trot and Puddle Jump held at Katy’s Race. This is traditional Cross Country trail course with lots of trail running, hills, and wooded areas.

UT Tyler Meet Results

The Cross Country runners enjoyed a cool running morning last Saturday at the campus of UT Tyler. The race hosted by Tyler Lee is traditional big and fast; hosting many schools from around East Texas and DFW area. This year did not disappoint. The Ladynecks placed fourth among the 1A-4A teams losing to Eustace by 1 point. Cryslan Tucker raced to a third place finish in 11:56. Shaynee Tyl, 12:20, 12th and Olivia Sipes, 12:33, 17th rounded out top twenty finishes. They were followed by teammates Katie Williamson in 44th,13:20, CeCe Hernandez in 46th, 13:21 and Luisa Soto, 155th in 15:58. This was a big meet with over 200 runners in the girls race. Tova Mellby made her American running debut in the JV girls’ race finishing in 5th place in a time of 13:41. She also earned her first race medal. Dylan Harris finished 8th in a time of 16:38 while competing in the boys Open Division. The Roughnecks and Ladynecks will be back in action on Friday for the Hallsville Invitational at Lear Park in Longview.

SFA Meet Results

The Roughnecks and Ladynecks were back in action this weekend competing in the SFA Invitational at Pecan Acres Park. Cryslan Tucker led the Ladynecks with a 2nd place finish in 13:12, followed by Olivia Sipes in 8th, 13:50. Top ten finishes this week earned runners a take home medal. Shaynee Tyl finished 11th in 14:03, CeCe Hernandez in 17th, 14:36, Katie Williamson in 31st 15:17, and Luisa Soto 110th in 19:14. The girls race saw 129 runners slop through the muddy course. The ladies finished 3rd as a team behind Fairfield and Lufkin Hudson. Dylan Harris placed 26th, 18:55, in the boys open division 161 runners complete the course. Morgan Benge and Aidan Kennar were the top Junior High finishers this week. Benge finished 7th in the girls race in 16:14 and Kennar finished 8th in the boys race in 13:42. Alberto Soto raced to 42nd place in 16:25, Nathan Green 54th in 17:17, Devin Dies 91st in 21:20, and Tristan Blair 94th in 21:44. The girls race saw 81 runners and the boys race saw 99 runners complete the race.

The JH runners are idle this weekend, while the High School times will travel to the Tyler Lee Invitational at UT Tyler on Saturday, September 9th. The races will kick off at 8:00 and roll out from there.

SFA Meet Information

We will meet at the Shed (metal building by the bus barn) on Saturday morning at 5:30am. We will leave at 5:45. JH runners need to bring water, a sports drink and snacks. I will have a cooler for their drinks. Please put their name on their bottles for identification. It is important they eat breakfast, even if they don’t feel like when they get up. If they do not eat breakfast before we leave for the meet, send something with them anyway. I will check on them during the morning and make sure they eat before their race. Sometimes with race nerves and getting up earlier than normal they are not hungry right away, but they will be.

Meet Schedule: This is a tentative schedule and will likely run earlier

8:35am Varsity Boys 5,000 meters
9:10am JV Boys 5,000 meters
9:45am Varsity Girls 3,200 meters
10:45am MS Girls 3,200 meters
11:15am MS Boys 3,200

Location: Pecan Acres City Park on Starr Avenue across from the SFA Intramural Fields

Spectators will be able to park on Wilson Drive, which is across the street. Those spectators will
have to use caution crossing the road into the park due to heavy traffic.

JH runners can go home with their parents if they would like. Please bring note either Wednesday or Saturday morning.