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Cross Country: Meeting the challenge – Alvord freshman captures district title

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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With two of their top runners out for the District 9-2A meet, the Alvord Bulldogs needed someone to take charge.

Colton Parker

Freshman Colton Parker stepped up to the challenge.

Parker ran a season-best 18:14 on the 5K course to win the 9-2A individual title and lead the Bulldogs to the team championship.

“It meant a lot. It showed I could do more than just finish the race,” Parker said. “I’m glad I could step up.”

The winning performance was a surprise for Parker and coach Aaron Tefertiller.

“He’s been gaining the last month,” Tefertiller said. “He ran really well at Lindsay.

“We talked about him having to step up with us missing two guys, and he did.”

Parker got out front at the start of the district race and held off all challengers.

“One kid tried to pass me and I just kept going,” Parker said.

Parker wasn’t the only Bulldog to turn in big performance in what is believed to be the boys cross country program’s first district championship. Clay Stark ran 18:44 for fourth, Cody Putnam 18:53 for fifth, William Martin 19:08 for sixth and Tanner Petree 19:42 for 10th.

“They all did a great job and ran their best times,” Tefertiller said.

The Bulldogs now turn their attention to Saturday’s 2A race at the Region II meet at Grand Prairie’s Lynn Creek Park.

Tefertiller said the Bulldogs could challenge for one of the four state berths.

“They don’t know what they are capable of,” he said. “If we shave some time, we have a shot at fourth. We have to run well.”

DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS

6-5A CHAMPIONSHIPS

BOYS TEAM

1. Northwest 49
2. Aledo 55
3. Azle 58
4. Northwest Eaton 119
5. Fort Worth Boswell 122
6. Chisholm Trail 130
7. Saginaw 198
8. White Settlement Brewer 207

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS

1. Graydon Morris, Aledo 15:01.95
2. Harrison Tillman, Aledo 16:02.26
3. Caleb Moniak, Fort Worth Boswell 16:08.82
4. Dominick Vastlik, Northwest Eaton 16:38.11
5. Jacob Webster, Northwest 16:40.77
6. Avery Tilley, Aledo 16:44.02
7. Julian Hernandez, Azle 16:45.93
8. Cody Drolet, Azle 16:48.01
9. Carson Hughes, Northwest 16:50.21
10. Joseph Thomas, Northwest 16:54.18

NORTHWEST INDIVIDUALS

11. Jarred O’Connor 16:59; 14. Tucker Dunn 17:22; 20. Colton Kelly 17:35; 31. Tyler Allen 17:54

GIRLS TEAM

1. Saginaw 67
2. Fort Worth Boswell 71
3. Chisholm Trail 77
4. Northwest 85
5. White Settlement Brewer 111
6. Azle 131
7. Northwest Eaton 142
8. Aledo 164

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS

1. Gracie Morris, Aledo 18:47.71
2. Eva Mora, Saginaw 19:08.71
3. Andrea Acuna, Ft Worth Boswell 19:11.51
4. Amanda Hurtado, White Settlement Brewer 19:15.24
5. Christyn Smith, Saginaw 19:23.38
6. Victoria Rosas, Chisholm Trail 19:33.33
7. Lindsay Klasek, Northwest 19:59.93
8. Emma Frandsen, Northwest 20:09.59
9. Haddasah Marquart, Azle 20:10.46
10. Landree Yocom, Northwest Eaton 20:13.56

NORTHWEST INDIVIDUALS

22. Taylor Esquivel 21:06; 23. Lily Fields 21:17; 25. Amalia Garcia 21:21; 26. Makenna Hill 21:28; 41. Parker Johnson 22:09

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