Spring Frassati Catholic’s Alex De La Maza and Houston St. Agnes Academy’s Sara Price were the individual champions of the 6th annual Faith West Hills meet on Saturday morning in Katy.
De La Maza, a senior who was second at last year’s TAPPS 3A state championship meet, won in a time of 16:37 for the 5,000-meter distance — 15 seconds ahead of Aggieland Home School sophomore Elijah Bennett.
His time of 16:52 is a season-best, according to Athletic.net, bettering his 17:06 win last Saturday at the Cameron Invitational.
The two were chased by brothers Joshy and Ben Shearer from The Woodlands Christian Academy.
Joshy, a junior, and Ben, a freshman, were third and fourth overall, respectively, in 17:10 and 17:14 as they led the Warriors to the men’s team championship by 18 points over Fort Worth Southwest Christian.
Both schools were third at their respective TAPPS state meet — Fort Worth Southwest Christian in 5A and The Woodlands Christian Academy in 4A.
Frassati Catholic was third, Tomball Concordia Lutheran fourth and Houston Second Baptist to round out the top five.
Individually, League City Bay Area Christian’s Habtamu Geta was fifth in 17:25, holding off a pair of Southwest Christian Eagles and TWCA Warriors.
Junior Samuel Corley and senior Christian Brasher were sixth and seventh in 17:27 and 17:30, while TWCA followed with its other pair of brothers, Josh and Ben Mueck, were eighth and ninth, separated by just three-tenths of a second.
Ben is a senior, who was 15th overall at the TAPPS 4A state meet last year, while Josh is a freshman.
A week ago, St. Agnes Academy freshman Sara Price dipped her toes into some pretty big waters in the Elite race of the Nike South Invitational in The Woodlands.
She went through the first lap hard – just 21 seconds behind Texas’ most-skilled cross country athlete this year in McKinney North’s London Culbreath, but finished 17th overall in 19:13 – a pace of 6:10 per mile.
And she picked the pace up enough – by four seconds per mile over the two-mile course – to earn the win in 12:12, just four second ahead of The Woodlands Christian Academy sophomore Ellenor “Ellie” Catron.
Close behind was St. Agnes teammate, junior Jackie Cruz, and Tomball Concordia Lutheran freshman Lauryn Kastenschmidt.
The duo, captured third and fourth, in 12:20 and 12:27.
TWCA sophomore Emily Jasek, who ran track last season and didn’t compete in the TAPPS 4A state meet which the Warriors won last year, was fifth in 12:31.
St. Agnes easily captured the team title by 49 points over The Woodlands Christian Academy as sophomore Emory Reilly and senior Emily Sullivan – two key runners to their runner-up finish last year at the TAPPS 6A state meet – led a pack of four Tigers in the sixth to ninth positions.
Reily finished in 12:34, Sullivan in 12:40 and Grace Wolfe and Amelie Born in 12:40.
Tomball Concordia Lutheran was third while St. Agnes’ B team and Sugar Land Fort Bend Christian Academy were fourth and fifth.
Bryan St. Joseph’s Lacy Matocha, who was fourth at the TAPPS 2A state meet last October, was the top individual finisher not on a team in 12:46.
Homeschool Christian Youth Association freshman Lucy Holden, who won the JV Girls race at Nike South last Saturday in 21:53, was 16th overall in 13:04.
BOYS – 1. The Woodlands Christian, 31. 2. Fort Worth Southwest Christian, 49. 3. Spring Frassati Catholic, 119. 4. Tomball Concordia Lutheran, 122. 5. Houston Second Baptist, 156. 6. Sugar Land Fort Bend Christian Academy, 157. 7. Katy Faith West Academy, 159. 8. Houston St. Thomas Episcopal School, 198. 9. Houston Cypress Christian, 222. 10. Katy St. John XXIII College Prep, 228. 11. League City Bay Area Christian, 264. 12. Spring Providence Classical, 266.
GIRLS – 1. Houston St. Agnes Academy A, 25. 2. The Woodlands Christian Academy, 74. 3. Tomball Concordia Lutheran, 86. 4. Houston St. Agnes Academy B, 89. 5. Sugar Land Fort Bend Christian Academy, 158. 6. Fort Worth Southwest Christian, 173. 7. Houston Cypress Christian, 196. 8. Houston Second Baptist, 208. 9. Katy St. John XXIII College Prep, 238. 10. Houston St. Thomas Episcopal School, 255. 11. Houston Homeschool Athletics, 271.