Cross Country: Yellowjackets capture title at Cowtown Challenge

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, August 26, 2017
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Running Out Front

RUNNING OUT FRONT – Boyd’s Connor Richardson takes the early lead Friday in the boys 5K. Richardson finished third to lead Boyd to the victory. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Mud dotted the back of Connor Richardson’s white singlet after he crossed the finish line Friday morning at the Cowtown Challenge in Haltom City.

The Boyd junior splashed his way through the puddles around a sloppy 5K course to finish third in 18:33.

“It was fun. I like these opportunities to come out and run in these conditions,” Richardson said.

Richardson led a pack of Boyd runners in the top 10 as Boyd won its first meet at the 5K distance this season. The Yellowjackets previously ran two miles at Birdville. Boyd finished with 43 points – 11 points better than second-place Castleberry.

“We had four in the top nine,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez. “Considering the conditions, we did good for the first three-mile race. We just need to be consistent. We’re happy with the four in the top nine but there’s still work to do.”

Richardson went out quick and took the lead in the first lap. Covington’s Klay Howard overtook him and went on to win the race in 18:06. Castleberry’s Jose Ramirez took second in 18:24.

“I know this is a hilly course and I wanted to try to get out aggressively. I didn’t know the uphills would affect me as much,” Richardson said.

Hernandez said Richardson went out a little quick, trying to get the victory.

“He still finished third. It’s good to do that early in the year,” he said. “Doing that hilly portion [of the course] three times is a chore.”

Crossing the finish line, Richardson didn’t have to wait long to find three of his teammates, who took fourth, fifth and ninth.

“I was happy to see them. All the training is paying off,” Richardson said. “It was a great start for everyone.”

Manny Garcia finished fourth in 18:38, cutting nearly a minute off his time from last year at the meet.

“Manny ran a lot better,” Hernandez said.

Garcia had to do a lot of his summer training on his own around his work schedule.

“I was running midday around 2 o’clock,” Garcia said.

Gauge Fahlin finished fifth in 18:41. Tristan Lemasters was ninth in 19 minutes. Colton Lawson finished 27th in 20:07 as the fifth Yellowjacket.

Paradise took eighth as a team with 208 points.

Matthew Eisen clocked an 18:41 for 13th. Kobe Wakefield finished 32nd in 20:28. Justin Culp was 40th in 20:51 and Jacoby Isaacs 53rd in 21:12. Blaine Gibson crossed the finish line in 93rd in 23 minutes as the fifth Panther.



1. Boyd, 43; 2. Castleberry, 54; 8. Paradise, 208


1. Klay Howard, Covington, 18:06; 3. Connor Richardson, Boyd, 18:33; 4. Manny Garcia, Boyd, 18:38; 5. Gauge Fahlin, Boyd, 18:41; 9. Tristan Lemasters, Boyd, 19:00; 13. Matthew Eisen, Paradise, 19:25; 27. Colton Lawson, Boyd, 20:07; 28. Lucas Loya, Boyd, 20:15; 32. Kobe Wakefield, Paradise, 20:28; 40. Justin Culp, Paradise, 20:51; 53. Jacoby Isaacs, Paradise, 21:12; 67. Blake Rodgers, Boyd, 21:36; 69. Dalton Westray, Boyd, 21:38; 93. Blaine Gibson, Paradise, 23:00; 95. Ryan Austin, Paradise, 23:03; 108. Masun Luna, Paradise, 23:46


1. Castleberry, 34; 4. Paradise, 119; 13. Boyd, 332


1. Caitlin Buendia, Castleberry, 12:28; 7. Maddie Mitschke, Paradise, 14:16; 15. Hannah Beth Pearson, Paradise, 14:32; 19. Kaycee Martin, Paradise, 14:41; 25. Kristain Bowen, 15:01; 31. Allyson Black, Paradise, 15:16; 44. Georgie Tullos, Boyd, 15:37; 54. Rose Powers, Paradise, 15:58; 57. Emersen Adams, Paradise, 16:05; 60. Christy Sinclair, Paradise, 16:18; 70. Kendall Candiotto, Paradise, 16:49; 80. Abby Hays, Boyd, 17:22; 109. Emma Clark, Boyd, 19:02; 117. Sabrina Johns, Boyd, 19:59

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