XC: Helgerson, Austin Champions Homeschool Grab 2nd, 3rd at Temple Invitational

Austin Champions Homeschool got its cross country season started with a bang as its boys finished third overall in the 5A-6A Division of the Temple Invitational Cross Country Meet at Temple Lions Park on Friday.

Senior Neal Helgerson was second overall with a three-mile time of 16:26.4, while junior Ian Currie and senior Reese Prather followed in eighth and 12th with respective marks of 16:59.6 and 17:12.0.

Sophomore Jacob Levins and junior Aaron Guzman got Austin Champions its third place spot with finishes of 18:48.1 and 18:50.9, respectively, holding off Temple, which was 18 points behind, in the 13-school boys’ field.

While the girls didn’t field enough runners to compete as a team, Austin Champions did place its three runners in top 26 positions with senior Rachel Chiella and junior Hope Britt leading the way.

Chiella was seventh overall with a three-mile time of 20:45.2 while Britt was four places back sporting a time of 21:11.2.

The duo ran in the Texas Home School State Cross Country meet last October finishing 11th and 13th overall.

Junior Heather Pogson was 26th overall in 22:15.7.

Temple Central Texas Christian’s boys and girls teams both competed and finished ninth in the 12-team 1A-4A division fields.

Senior Matthew DeGuire was Lions’ top scoring runner, finishing 38th overall and covering the three-mile distance in 20:28.5.

Fellow senior Luke Ellefson and sophomore Andrew Galvan-Arrien were nine and 10 spots back of DeGuire with times of 20:53.1 and 21:04.6.

The Lions’ girls were led by senior Emma Chiles with her 17th overall finish after running the two-mile course in 14:44.8. She was 13th overall at the TAPPS 3A state meet last October.

Next closest was junior Emma Ragsdale who finished 37th overall in 15:46.0.

5A-6A Varsity Boys https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/157211/results/655118
5A-6A Varsity Girls https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/157211/results/655116
1A-4A Varsity Boys https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/157211/results/655119
1A-4A Varsity Girls https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/157211/results/655117