CLEBURNE — Midlothian High School’s girls cross country team placed all five scoring runners in the top eight last Thursday as they dominated the field, winning the District 14-5A championship at the Cleburne Sports Complex.
Senior Keila Finnestad placed second among individuals on the 5,000-meter course in a time of 20 minutes, 7.93 seconds; and hot on her heels was sophomore Avalon Mitchell in third in 20:09.68. Sophomore Autumn Tennes, junior Cheyenne Corbitt and senior Tkai Strickland came in sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.
MHS totaled 26 points, well ahead of runner-up Joshua’s 56 and third-place Cleburne’s 74. Those three teams all advance to the Class 5A Region II meet, which will be held at the Jesse Owens Memorial Complex in Dallas this coming Monday.
Other runners for MHS were freshman Samantha Presas, who finished 15th in 21:54.05; and junior Mariah Griffin, who was 20th in 22:23.61.
Senior Maggie Marshall of Cleburne won the individual gold medal in 19:33.00.
Boys also qualify
CLEBURNE — Senior Tanner Henderson took home the gold medal last Thursday, leading the Midlothian boys cross country team to a third-place finish at the District 14-5A meet at the Cleburne Sports Complex.
The third-place finish qualified MHS for the Class 5A Region II meet, which will be held at the Jesse Owens Memorial Complex in Dallas.
Henderson ran the 5,000-meter course in 15 minutes, 56.79 seconds, beating runner-up Kendrick Scott of Waco University by about 49 seconds.
Seniors Seth Swick and Wesley Wright placed 12th and 13th respectively, while sophomore Caden Grisham was 18th and junior Trenton Blackerby was 21st to round out Midlothian’s top five.
Waco University won the boys’ team title with 47 points, followed by Corsicana with 57 and Midlothian with 67. Also in the race were freshman Daemon Rodriguez in 24th place and sophomore Caeleb Bridgins in 25th.