Lockhart Girls Cross-Country Ready to Run at Arkansas Chili-Pepper
The Lady Lions traveled across state lines this weekend to the Arkansas Chili-Pepper Festival and represented the state of Texas well. In the Senior High School division, the Lady Lions placed 14th out of 56 full teams entered. The race itself had approximately 600 runners from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana.
Varsity freshman Kessler Bailey took home top individual honors for the Lady Lions as she ran a personal best time of 22:41.5 over the 5k course and placed 59th out of nearly 600 runners. Junior Charisma Magallanez (22:54.5/75th) ran neck and neck with Bailey but finished just seconds behind her after a late push by Bailey. Not to be outdone, the freshman duo’s of Landis Moorhead (23:44/124th) and Adelaide Mason (23:49/129th) used strong second half kicks to pick up some key points for for the Lady Lions. Both 5k times were personal bests for Moorhead and Mason. The next wave of Lions came shortly after as freshman Isabella Franco (24:12/161st), freshman Brisa Magallanez (24:24/175th), sophomore newcomer Emily Rivera (24:31/182nd), and freshman Megan Wheeler(24:45/194th) crossed the line with the first wave ahead of two/thirds of the runners. Franco and Rivera both broke 5k personal bests as well. The last wave of Lions came roaring in when sophomore Marisa Ramos(25:08/220th), Junior Angelina Toomey (25:31/241th), Junior Aracely Varillas (25:34/243rd), and sophomore Nallely Varillas (26:29/297th) came in the main pack and finished easily in the top half of finishers. Ramos and Nallely both beat their season bests for 5k this year. “When you lose one of Lockhart’s all time greats to graduation(Trejo) last year, it’s almost impossible to replace that”, says Girls Head Coach Reuben Ortiz. “But these young ladies haven’t replaced her individually, they have done it as a team with our depth that we have never had before. Last year, here at Arkansas, we finished 14th as a team. Our best ever in decades and these ladies just did it again. 14th out of almost 60 teams and with no seniors and peaking at the right time; the future is bright”. “My kicker of the week goes out to Landis Moorhead for her outstanding overall race; she never settled in the pack and just keep passing runners”.
Next Saturday, the Lions travel to Shiner for a tune up race, then compete Tuesday at City Park for the District 25-5A Championships.