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Cross Country: Holliday holds off Paradise

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, October 17, 2015
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Round one in the championship duels between state-ranked powers Holliday and Paradise went to Holliday Thursday.

HOLDING ON – Paradise’s Hannah Beth Pearson tries to pass runners during the 9-3A championships Thursday in Wichita Falls. Photo courtesy Torin Halsey/Wichita Falls Times Record News

The Holliday Lady Eagles, ranked No. 2 in the latest Cross Country Coaches of Texas 3A girls poll, held off third-ranked Paradise for the 9-3A title. Holliday finished with 33 points. Paradise was 20 points back with 53. Both teams move on to their next battle Oct. 26 in the Class 3A Region II race at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.

“I look forward to regionals,” said Paradise coach Karin Essig. “I can’t wait for these kids to get another chance to race.

“We are still getting faster every week.”

Holliday’s Cryslan Tucker defended her 9-3A title winning the 3,200-meter race in 11:38. She finished 21 seconds ahead of her teammate Chloe Zeisman.

Freshman Kaycee Martin led Paradise, finishing fifth in 12:15. Senior Aliyah Read charged across the finish line just behind Martin in seventh in 12:18.

“It was a fast race,” Essig said. “We finished pretty strong. Kaycee and Aliyah had good times. The whole team competed well.”

Hannah Beth Pearson gave the Lady Panthers a third runner in the top 10, finishing 10th in 12:40. Taylor Richards ran 12:53 for 15th. Madison Mitschke finished in 13:07 for 16th as the fifth Lady Panther.

Emerson Adams took 19th in 13:38 and Alexandria Pye 23rd in 13:46.

Boyd finished fifth as a team with 144 points. Jasmine Hammett turned in the team’s top finish in 13:20 for 18th. Aubrey Parr ran 13:57 for 25th. Kristain Bowen was 26th in 13:58, Lizeth Uribe 33rd in 14:29 and Brianna Morrison 42nd in 15:03.

“We’re young. I’m happy with how they ran,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez. “We had two freshmen PR.”

GIRLS 3,200

1. Holliday, 33: (1. Cryslan Tucker, 11:38); 2. Paradise, 53: (5. Kaycee Martin, 12:15; 7. Aliyah Read, 12:18; 10. Hannah Beth Pearson, 12:40; 15. Taylor Richards, 12:53; 16. Madison Mitschke, 13:07; 19. Emerson Adams, 13:38; 23. Alexandria Pye, 13:46); 3. Nocona, 83; 4. Henrietta, 94; 5. Boyd, 144: (18. Jasmine Hammett, 13:20; 25. Aubrey Parr, 13:57; 26. Kristain Bowen, 13:58; 33. Lizeth Uribe, 14:29; 42. Brianna Morrison, 15:03; 43. Abby Hays, 15:18; 47. Amber Bowen, 16:38); 6. Bowie, 152; 7. City View, 153; 8. Jacksboro, 221

BOYS 5K

1. Holliday, 27: (1. Eric Fulton, 16:49); 2. Boyd, 49: (4. Nathan Martinez, 17:43; 9. Tanner White, 18:15; 10. Manny Garcia, 18:17; 11. Tristan Lemasters, 18:19; 15. Connor Richardson, 18:47; 18. Keaton Ford, 19:18; 25. Brady Vanover, 20:11); 3. Nocona, 64; 4. Paradise, 91: (2. Joseph Eisen, 17:02; 16. Dalton Sanders, 18:50; 23. Garrett Schneck, 19:50; 24. Patrick Dorado, 19:57; 30. Gage Scheck, 21:12; 35. Danny Richardson, 22:10; 40. Avery Caddell, 23:52); 5. Bowie, 131; 6. City View, 158

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