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.
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.
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.
There will be a Cross Country meeting for boys and girls in the 7th and 8th grade interested in running this year. We will meet at 7:00 AM, Tuesday, August in the Old Middle School gym. After the meeting 7th grade athletes will go to practice and everyone else will go to the cafeteria. Your student will come home with information regarding practice, meet schedule, and nutrition.
FIRST PRACTICE IS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23RD AT 6:20 at the Old Middle School Gym
The Ladyneck Cross Country team capped off their season with a 9th place team finish, Saturday at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock. The Ladynecks were led by Cryslan Tucker’s 14th place finish in 12:06. Shaynee Tyl followed in 12:52 for 68th. In a race that saw 149 runners and a fast pace, the top 78 runners ran under 13 minutes, the Ladynecks competed well and were allowed the opportunity to compete at the highest level for our school and program. Shaynee Tyl was named to the Cross Country All-Region team for her 11th place finish at the Regional Meet and Cryslan Tucker will be named to the All-Sate team.
Race Results: 9th place Team Finish 149 runners
Cryslan Tucker 12:06 14th
Shaynee Tyl 12:52 68th
CeCe Hernandez 13:06 85th
Olivia Sipes 13:33 109th
Katie Williamson 128th 14:04
Luisa Soto 143th 15:31
Jaci Wallace 149th 16:27
The Ladyneck Cross Country team will travel to Round Rock on November 12th to represent White Oak at the State XC meet. The team placed second at the Region II Championships in Grand Prairie on Saturday. This is the second time in school history a team as advanced to the State meet held at Old Settler’s Park each year. The last qualifying team was in 2009. Shaynee Tyl led the Ladynecks with a 14th place finish in a race that saw 174 runners. The Ladynecks ran very well as a team using both speed and position racing in order to place as a team. In the boys race that saw 180 runners runners, Dylan Harris finished in 40th place in a time of 19:05, Logan Sells in 61st in 19:45, and Zach Herring in 70th with a time of 19:58.The boys also had a very good season. We appreciate all their hard work and dedication.
Race Results: 2nd Place Team finish 174 Runners
Shaynee Tyl 14th 12:43
Cryslan tucker 17th 12:49
CeCe Hernandez 25th 12:59
Olivia Sipes 41st 13:42
Katie Williamson 55th 14:06
Luisa Soto 111th 15:34
Jaci Wallace 154th 16:54
Dylan Harris 49th 19:05
Logan Sells 61st 19:45
Zach Herring 70th 19:58
The White Oak Cross Country teams won five of the six individual titles at Elysian Fields on Saturday along with a District Championship in the Varsity girls division. Olivia Sipes kicked off the morning winning the girls’ individual title with a course record of 12:49. She was followed closely by teammates Shaynee Tyl, 2nd place, 12:54, and Cece Hernandez 3rd, 13:08. Katie Williamson, 5th, and Luisa Soto 7th rounded out the team scoring for the Ladynecks. Sipes’ performance was followed by a first place finish in the JV girls division by Riley Edmondson. Dylan Harris would secure the boys individual team title in 16:38. Zach Herring, 3rd, 18:12, and Logan Sells 8th, 19:26, would also collect some prized hardware and earn a trip to the Regional meet in Garland. Morgan Benge led the JH girls division with a time of 14:04 and Stephen Thomas led the JH boys division in 12:44. 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 29th at Lynn Creek in Grand Praire.
Varsity girls 1st place team title, 40 runners
Olivia Sipes 1st, 12:49
Shaynee Tyl 2nd, 12:54
Cece Hernandez 3rd, 13:08
Katie Williamson 5th, 13:50
Luisa Soto 7th, 14:12
Jaci Wallace 23rd, 15:48
Riley Edmondson 1st, 15:46
Varsity Boys:28 runners
Dylan Harris 1st, 16:38
Zach Herring 3rd, 18:12
Logan Sells 8th 19:26
JH Girls: 25 runners
Morgan Benge 1st 14:04
Reese Saccoccio 17th 16:43
Mattie Simpson 22nd, 17:37
Kaylei Watkins 25th, 19:30
JH Boys: 2nd Place Team finish 18 runners
Stephen Thomas 1st 12:44
Chase Tucker 4th, 13:28
Garrett Cook 8th 14:00
Ryan Banks 13th 15:50
Logan Smith 15th 17:38
The District meet will be held at Elysian Fields HS on Saturday, October 15. 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.
This is also a rolling start so the race times are approximate
8:30 AM Varsity Girls 2 Mile
9:00 AM Junior Varsity Girls 2 Mile
9:30 AM Varsity Boys 5K
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