Lady Panthers heading back to state

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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The sixth-ranked Paradise Lady Panthers are heading back to Round Rock after picking up second place at the Class 2A Region II Cross Country Meet Saturday in Grand Prairie.

Paradise finished with 78 points, and first-place Eustace had 47. Farmersville took third with 152, and Alvord was fifth with 157.

STATE BOUND – Paradise’s April Coursey finished 24th, as the Lady Panthers took second as a team. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

The Lady Panthers claimed bronze at state last season and will look to build on that come Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. The Class 2A girls are scheduled to start at 9:50 a.m.

“I was so proud of them and the work they have done to get to this point,” Paradise coach Karin Essig said. “Our average time was the best we’ve had all season. We were a little disappointed because we thought we could get first, and we didn’t quite have it today.”

Aliyah Read had another tremendous day, finishing sixth overall with a time of 12:28.

Paradise sealed their destiny with the next wave of runners, as the Lady Panthers claimed the 22nd through 25th positions.

Taylor Richards took 22nd in 12:57, and Emily Brinson ran 12:58 in 23rd. April Coursey secured 24th in 12:59.

Angela Powers was the fifth Paradise runner to cross the finish line, taking 25th with a time of 13-flat.

Makala Neighbors claimed 28th in 13:05, and Kaylee McConnell was 121st in 14:57.

Boyd’s Jessica Colbert ran individually and finished 40th for the Lady Jackets in a time of 13:19.


Alvord’s Lacey Watkins raced her way to a spot in the state cross country meet Saturday. Watkins finished fifth overall with a time of 12:25.

The Lady Bulldogs claimed fifth as a team with 157 points.

“They’ve gotten better each week, and they competed well as a team,” Alvord coach Curtis Enis said. “I was happy for Lacey because she was injured most of last year. She’s healthy now and is very deserving.

“It was a good time for her and she ran a smart race. She didn’t go out too fast and ended up beating our district champion.”

Clara Breashears clocked a 12:48 for 16th, and Brooklyn Mitchum was 53rd in 13:33.

Cory Schlomach took 60th in 13:40. Lauren Hart was the fifth Lady Bulldog to cross the finish line; she took 62nd with a time of 13:43.

Mikayla Perry ran 75th in 13:56, and Sarah Nichols picked up 98th in 14:30.


Northwest’s Kellee McCann ran past the competition at the Class 5A Region I Meet in Lubbock Saturday. McCann claimed the top spot with a time of 17:13, eight seconds faster than the next finisher.

She will be the lone Lady Texan at the state meet this weekend. The girls Class 5A race is set to start at 12:40 p.m. at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Northwest finished eighth as a team with 254 points. District rival Southlake Carroll claimed the top spot with 70.

Sydney Benes ran 62nd with a time of 19:52, and Deserae Kirkland was 67th in 19:58. Baylee Nelson placed 83rd with a time of 20:16.

Rebekah Christman was the fifth Lady Texan, taking 99th with a time of 20:36. Ivy Diefenbach secured 104th with a time of 20:47, and Kylee Durham picked up 128th in 21:24.


The Slidell Lady Hounds came away with 22nd at the Class A Region II Meet in Grand Prairie Saturday. Slidell finished with 533 points. San Saba won the event with 93.

Kayleigh Miller led the way in 51st with a time of 13:38. Caitlin Pruett finished 110th in 14:33. Kylie Franklin took 132nd in 15:13, and Kayler Talamantes ran 146th in 15:37.

Makayla Fitzgerald was the fifth Slidell runner to cross the finish line, taking 163rd with a time of 16:43. Sarah Beaver placed 168th in 17:21.

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