Kaufman cross country program continues successful season

Adan Gutierrez was the top Lion in the JV boys’ race with a twelfth place finish. The team finished second overall with six other Kaufman runners finishing in the top half.


Last week’s competition marked another in a lengthening string of successful outings for the Kaufman High School cross country team.

Last Saturday, the boys and girls varsity and JV cross country teams competed in the Burleson Centennial Invitational, and each team walked away with a silver medal. All of the varsity boys placed comfortably in the top half of the total runners of their competition with Christian Rivera leading the way for the Lions with a second place finish at 16:40 and Jeb Williamson right on his heels with a third place finish at 16:55. Other runners included Marshall Pate at 19, Edwin Rivera at 25, Jayson Tucker and 40 and Lloyd Jones at 49 out of the 147 total runners in the competition.

The varsity girls had a similarly successful outing with each Kaufman runner finishing in the top third. Ellie Galan was the lead Lion with a third place finish at 20:26 and was joined by Joselyne Sanchez in ninth place, Madison Thurston at 18, Paloma Leos at 29 and Marizit Puente at 31 out of 115 total runners.

Adan Gutierrez was the top Lion in the JV Boys’ race with a twelfth place finish and both Jaira Garcia and Alexiss Renteria finished in the top 10 of the JV girls competition at sixth and eighth respectively. Overall, all of the the JV girls also finished within the top third with Maribel Tapia at 14, Hayley Tucker at 16 and Yulibeth Delapaz at 31 out of 109 total runners, while Axel Meneses at 20, Paul Shelton at 41, James Rayas at 42, Ranse Santiago at 63, Peter Shelton at 68 and Nicholas Lopez at 116 all finished in the top half of the 220 total runners in the jv boys’ competition.

The teams’ successful showing in the Burleson Invitational hasn’t been the first for the Lions; last month, all four teams won their divisions in both the Ennis Lions Invitational as well as the Hallsville Invitational. Even when faced with stiffer competition earlier in the season at the Southlake Carroll Invitational toward the beginning of September, the varsity girls finished second out of 38 teams and the varsity boys finished sixth out of 37.

The cross country teams will continue their season with an appearance in the Lindale Invitational this Thursday, Oct. 3.

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