Four private schools’ boys and girls cross country programs kicked off the 2019 season on Thursday at the Birdville Early Bird meet held at Tarrant County Junior College’s Northeast Campus.
Ursuline Academy of Dallas’ girls team won first place by 23 points over Kaufman.
Argyle Liberty Christian’s boys were third overall, while the girls fielded only four individual runners.
Addison Trinity Christian was fourth in the girls, seven in the boys’ race, while Fort Worth Christian placed sixth in both races as a team.
LSCSN’s preseason third team All-State selection, Amanda Hogan of Ursuline, won the girls’ race in a time of 12:20.73 on the 3,200-meter course.
Eight of the first 14 girls finishers were private and parochial school athletes.
Ursuline sophomore Katherine Reynolds, who was 19th overall as a freshman at the TAPPS state meet last October, was fourth overall in 12:37.91.
Two freshman – Argyle Liberty Christian’s Mackenzie O’Rourke and Fort Worth Christian’s Kaitlyn Moore – finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in times of 12:55.02 and 13:19.08.
Tenth overall was the Warriors’ Abbigail DeWall, who made more than a minute improvement from the state meet as she stopped the clock in 13:26.17.
Addison Trinity Christian’ girls were led by junior Avery Overberg, who finished 11th in 13:30.26.
Two of Ursuline’s scoring runners – juniors Devon Vopni (12th; 13:40.59) and Sophie Anderson (21st; 14:24.92) – were not on the TAPPS state meet roster last year that featured six non-seniors.
For the boys, Argyle Liberty Christian senior Landon Lewis was second overall in 10:52.13 – less than three seconds behind Kaufman senior Preston Williamson.
Senior Luke Lewis was sixth in 11:08.51 and junior Cole Flemmons was 11th in 11:38.51 for the Warriors.
Fort Worth Christian was led by senior Austin Hinrichsen, who was 20th overall in 11:55.00, while Addison Trinity Christian’s fastest finisher was senior Logan Rock as he crossed the line in 24th in 12:08.24.