Dallas Ursuline Academy fired the first shot on Thursday at Birdville High School’s Early Bird Invitational in attempting to defend its 2016 TAPPS 6A state cross country championship by winning the meet with 46 points over Northwest Byron Nelson (68) and Plano (124).
Just two of the Bears’ five scorers – junior Elsie Welch and senior Caroline Miller – ran at last year’s state meet.
On Thursday, the duo were fourth and seventh overall with two-mile times of 12:52 and 13:05, respectively. Seniors Emily Mount and Sophia Schmidt, in addition to junior Allison Albert, rounded out Ursuline’s scoring runners.
Ursuline Academy was also second – by just two points behind Northwest Byron Nelson – of the 21 teams competing in the girls’ junior varsity meet. Freshman Mala Francis won in 14:51.
Addison Trinity Christian was 19th among 29 women’s teams with junior McKenzie Moore finishing 51st overall in 14:59 to lead the Trojans while freshman Avery Overburg was 20 spots behind Moore in 15:33.
Leading Colleyville Covenant Christian was sophomore Emily Edmunds, who was 108th of 207 finishers, in 16:18.
In the boys meet, TCA was 21st and Colleyville Covenant was 31st among the 33 teams.
Junior Greg Tiner led the Trojans, finishing 48th overall, with a two-mile showing of 12:17.
Covenant Christian had sophomore Charlie Woodcock as its top runner in 72nd in 12:39.