UIL State Cross Country Day 1 recap: Nazareth claims seventh team title, Spearman’s Lusby impresses


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Nazareth senior Emma Kleman, right, helped lead the Swiftettes to the program’s seventh cross country state championship Monday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. [Matt Smith/ For Press Pass Sports]

The Nazareth girls basketball team is the one known for their dominance holding a record 24 state basketball championships, but the Swiftettes cross country team is writing their own legacy.

Nazareth ran its way to a seventh state championship in school history, claiming the University Interscholastic League Class 1A title at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on Monday morning.

“For my first year they made it really special,” said Nazareth first-year head coach Whitney Bryan. “They are a great group of girls that were dedicated all season. The overlap with basketball was difficult but they kept working hard despite having workouts in the morning and basketball workouts in the afternoon. We had a plan going into today and they executed it perfectly to win a state championship.”

Senior Emma Kleman led the Swiftettes with a silver medal performance running a time of 12:15.55. Kleman capped off a four-year career making four straight trips to the state meet, and was a part of two state title teams. Kyanne Dunne, also a part of two state championships, came in 17th, followed by teammates Presley Wheeler and Chloe Birkenfeld to round out the top 20.

Springlake-Earth’s Taytum Goodman left the field in the dust with an eye-opening 11:18.29, to win the individual girls title. Miller Grove was the Class 1A boys state champion with its own runner Isaiah Billingsley crowned as the individual winner.

Class 3A

Spearman runner Braylen Lusby won the bronze medal during the UIL Class 3A state meet in Round Rock on Monday. [Matt Smith/ For Press Pass Sports]

Spearman freshman Braylen Lusby was the highlight from the Texas Panhandle during the the UIL Class 3A state meet at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on Monday.

Lusby followed, the District 1-3A champion, a runner-up at regionals, ended her year in style by earning a third place finish while coming home with a bronze medal, clocking a 12:01:49.

“Braylen is a tremendous competitor and has an inner drive that you see in tough runners, Spearman head cross country coach Starla Whiteley said. “She loves her team and understood that if she runs well, it is good for the Lynxettes. I love that about her.

Braylen makes everyone run faster in practice every single day, and it has helped raise the bar for our team.”

Lusby’s effort along with a Mia Pipkin’s 25th place finish helped the Lynxettes place eighth overall as a team.

Friona freshman Yvonne Legaretta was also outstanding taking eighth place, running a 12:19.90.

Lago Vista took home the girls Class 3A team title. Yierra Flemings (11:48.49) from Cameron was the individual champion.

On the boys side, River Road’s Crawford Kiser took full advantage of his second straight trip to Round Rock earning a top 10 spot, coming in seventh with a time of 16:06.14.

Presidio claimed the Class 3A boys state championship, as Onalaska’s William Boyce to the individual title with a time of 15:38.72.

Class 5A

The Tascosa boys finished sixth at the UIL Class 5A state meet In Round Rock on Monday. [Provided photo]

Through the strong competition Amarillo High’s Isaac McGill, along with the Tascosa boys and Randall girls teams each had solid days at the UIL Class 5A state cross country meet Monday afternoon at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Sandies junior McGill ran an outstanding race, and was the lone runner of all three schools to place in the top 10. McGill fought hard and worked his way to a ninth place result with a time of 15:10.09.

Both the Rebels and Lady Raiders each took sixth place as a team. Tascosa’s Kaden Navarette came in 13th clocking a 15:55.22.

Randall sophomore Sierra Sanchez (18:29.96) ran very superbly leading the Lady Raiders with a 14th place finish.

Boerne Champion won the girls Class 5A championship, as Isabel Conde De Frankenberg (17:10.65) of Cedar Park claimed the individual title.

The Grapevine boys won the Class 5A boys team champ, with their junior Walker St. John (14:42.20) bringing back the individual title.

UIL state cross country meet

at Old Settlers Park, Round Rock

Note: Class 5A, 3A, 1A ran Monday; Class 6A, 4A, 2A run Tuesday.

Class 5A

Girls (5K)

Team results: 1. Boerne Champion 76; 2. Grapevine 89; 3. Colleyville Heritage 91; 4. Dripping Springs 103; 5. Highland Park 117; 6. Randall 149.

Top 5 Individuals: 1. Isabel Conde De Frankenberg, Cedar Park, 17:10.65; 2. Cameron Fawcett, Highland Park, 17:29.01; 3. Anastacia Gonzales, Boerne Champion, 17:32.42; 4. Mckenzie Bailey, Georgetown, 17:32.66; 5. Colleen Stegmann, Frisco Reedy, 17:38.65.

Boys (5K)

Team results: 1. Grapevine 61; 2. Boerne Champion 104; 3. Denton 131; 4. Friendswood 135; 5. Lucas Lovejoy 138; 6. Tascosa 144.

Top 5 Individuals: 1. Walker St. John, Grapevine, 14:42.20; 2. Isaac Alonzo, Lubbock High, 14:44.21; 3. David Mora, Lubbock Monterey, 14:56.98; 4. Foster Wilfong, Boerne Champion, 14:58.89; 5. Jack Woods, Cedar Park, 15:05.33; 9. Isaac McGill, Amarillo High, 15:10.09

Class 3A

Girls (2-mile)

Team results (Top 5): 1. Lago Vista 67; 2. Holliday 85; 3. San Antonio Cole 90; 4. Lorena 120; 5. McGregor 126; 8. Spearman 192.

Top 5 Individuals: 1. Yierra Flemings, Cameron Yoe, 11:48.49; 2. Finley Hunting, San Antonio Cole, 11:52.97; 3. BraylenLusby, Spearman, 12:01.49; 4. Hannah Spears, Holliday, 12:07.65; 5. Addison Sykora, Lorena, 12:14.86; 8. Yvonne Legaretta, Friona, 12:19.90.

Boys (5K)

Team results (Top 5): 1. Presidio 65; 2. Valley View 101; 3. Whitesboro 103; 4. Lytle 135; 5. Eustace 140.

Top 5 Individuals: 1. William Boyce, Onalaska, 15:38.72; 2. Marco Rey, Presidio, 15:51.78; 3. Wyatt Hoover, Poth, 15:52.70; 4. Cooper Bryant, Keene, 15:55.80; 5. Emilio Rios, Presidio, 16:04.92; 7. Crawford Kiser, River Road, 16:06.14.

Class 1A

Girls (2-mile)

Team results (Top 5): 1. Nazareth, 51; 2. Miller Grove 70; 3. Buena Vista 98; 4. Spur 112; 5. Munday 116.

Top 5 Individuals: 1. Taytum Goodman, Springlake-Earth, 11:18.29; 2. Emma Kleman, Nazareth, 12:15.55.; 3. Bailey Neal, Sulpher Bluff, 12:18.93; 4. Jorja Bessonett, Miller Grove, 12:20.28; 5. Daylee Chisum, Jayton, 12:37.56.

Boys (5K)

Team results (Top 5): 1. Miller Grove 24; 2. Saltillo 112; 3.(t) Jayton 120; Sands 120; 5. Eula 130.

Top 5 Individuals: 1. Isaiah Billingsley, Miller Grove, 15:22.33; 2. Garrett Tarver, Saltillo, 15:40.80; 3. Brandon Passmann, Guthrie, 15:46.64; 4. Kobe Robertson, Miller Grove, 15:49.61; 5. Jorden Zarate, Spur, 16:14.11.

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