ROUND ROCK, TEXAS — The Cypress Bridgeland ® High School boys’ cross country team placed ninth overall in Class 6A with a team score of 183 at the UIL Cross Country State Championships, held Nov. 23-24 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
Senior Randy Smith led the Bears with a time of 15:39.64 to finish 10th overall. Senior Jacob Grosch placed 61st overall with a time of 16:26.91, while senior Ethan Conville finished 71st overall with a time of 16:38.22. Sophomore Noah Willows finished right behind Conville with a time of 16:39.38 to finish 73rd overall. Juniors Reid Smith and Nathan Turman rounded out the Bears’ state meet with times of 16:40.85 and 17:14.37, respectively.
“Going to the state meet was a huge accomplishment for us as a team,” said Kevin Waters, Bridgeland ® High School’s boys’ cross country head coach. “Racing at the state meet is something that has to be experienced to understand and I am extremely proud of the team’s ninth-place finish this year and with Randy’s 10th-place individual result that earned him All-State honors. It was a very difficult course that was run in difficult conditions and to be in the top 10 in the state is a gigantic accomplishment that we will not take for granted. It was very special and each one of the guys was very appreciative and honored by the support we received from the Bridgeland ® High School and CFISD communities. We plan on building on the success of this year to become one of the elite cross country programs in the state that will make the trip to Round Rock year after year.”
In the 6A girls’ division, Bridgeland ® High School senior Athena Reyna was the only female from CFISD to compete at the state meet, finishing 89th overall with a time of 20:10.85.
“I’m proud of Athena for ending her career at the state meet and for fighting to the finish despite warm conditions and a hilly course,” said Tom Kennedy, Bridgeland ® High School’s girls’ cross country head coach. “She capped off a career that included three straight state meets, and few girls can make that claim. I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do in track this spring.”
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