By Greg Ford
The Lady Raiders will have another day of cross country competition; the Saturday, Oct. 29 Region II meet at Grand Prairie’s Lynn Creek Park.
They earned the privilege by taking third at last Friday’s District 15-5A meet at McKinney’s Myers Park; the top three teams and top 10 individuals not on qualifying team advanced to regionals.
Wylie East, which finished behind Highland Park (20) and Lovejoy (52) in the team standings, scored 89 total points thanks to the five-person effort of Haylie Hadjiev (12th in 21:01.40), Rebecca Spiegel (12th in 21:07.10), Theresa Simmons (15th in 21:13.10), Clairece Lopez (22nd in 21:31.00) and Whitney Melton (27th in 22:18.20).
The top individual runner was Lovejoy’s Carson Hockersmith (20:10.20).
Wylie East boys
The Raiders (105) finished fourth at the district meet, with Lovejoy (26), Highland Park (58) and Mesquite Poteet (59) earning a trip to regionals.
Wesley Massey (12th in 17:07.20) led the East effort, with Lynch (21st in 17:53.10), Andrew Speigel (23rd in 17:55.50), Antonio Jeneskee (24th in 17:56.70) and Isehaq Mawi (25th in 18:02.90) following him. Lovejoy’s Grant Tiff (16:04.90) took first.
Wylie cross country
Both Wylie teams finished out of the running at last week’s District 6-6A meet at the University of North Texas; the boys scored 153 points, while the Lady Pirates finished with 201.
Allen (36), Plano West (58) and Plano East (85) will advance as teams to the regional meet in Lubbock, where they will be joined on the girls’ side by Plano (44), Allen (64) and Plano West (81).
Aidan Gardiner led the Pirates (22nd in 17:20.58), with Dylan Pitts (25th in 17:25.42) following him.
Allen’s Jake Johnson (16:06.87) won the varsity race. Makenzie Vega (29th in 21:32.66) led the Lady Pirates