Wright second at Fredericksburg
October 02, 2013, 4:30 am by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Jordan Wright and Mitchell Germann have been going head-to-head since they were seventh graders.
The two seniors squared off Saturday at the Fredericksburg Cross Country Invitational with both trying to send a message to the other.
Marble Falls’ Wright had to settle for second place with a 17:02 time the 5K race at Lady Bird Johnson Memorial Park. German of Liberty Hill won by a 20 meters.
Wright said he wasn’t at his best Saturday, but will chalk it up as a good workout heading into this week’s Round Rock McNeil Invitational at Old Settler’s Park.
"We’re been running against each other since the seventh grade,’’ Wright said. "There have been stretches where I couldn’t beat him and he couldn’t beat me. He got the best of me today.’’
The weather conditions were perfect, but the layout at the Fredericksburg course has its challenges. Also Wright started out with a rapid pace for the first mile and didn’t hav the extra push at the end.
The course has a lot of up and down terrain and the surface has plenty of sketchy footing.
"There are a lot of hills out here,’’ Wright said. "I look forward to running next week at Round Rock.’’
The Mustangs boys team took third overall. The top four all finished in the top 27. The meet had more than 700 runners in all age groups from seventh grade through varsity.
D’Anthony Wall ran a 18:39 for 21st for the Mustangs. The Mustangs four other varsity runners were James Ramos (22nd, 18.50), Chrisitian Marroqin (27th , 19:05), Rafael Villareal (31st, 19:18) and Colten Hagood (40th) . The boys varsity scored 103 points.
The girls varsity was third overall with a score of 98 points.
Sarah Stripling ran a 13:17 and teammate Tess Johnson was right on her heals with a 13:18. They finished 11th and 12th.
They were disappointing finishes for the two aces of the team.
"We’ve mixed up our training a little bit,’’ coach Anthony Torns said. "We’ll get back to work this week.’’
Johnson said it was simply an off day for the tandem and "we’ll be fine.’’
Darby Hibbs took 21st with a time of 13:32. Nydia Castro, Haley Stephens and Britney Deering all closed within two seconds of each other with Castro clocking a 13:40 for 26th. Stephens was 28th and Deering 29th at 13:42.
Tincia Ware took 50th at 14:04.
In the JV divisions, the Mustangs were third in the girls and fifth in the boys.
The girls finishers were Jackie Salazar, first at 13:49; Emma Sharp, third at 14:05; Sydney Gibson , fourth at 14:10; Maddie Conrad, 23rdat 15:04; Serenty Wall, 25th at 15:17), Nadia Castro, 29th at 15:25; and Joy Plunk, 36that 15:48.
The boys JV finishers were Ishmael Montoya, 13that 17:54; Tait Johnson, 28th at 19:36; Andre Hooper, 30that 19:44; Daniel Mata, 31st at 19:47 and Cole Woodrum, 32nd at 20:48.
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