WHS’ Jones places 2nd in Elite division in final race of regular season
GRAND PRAIRIE — Led by a strong second-place finish by sophomore Emilee jones, the Waxahachie Lady Indians cross-country team finished fifth in the women’s 5,000-meter Elite division at the Ken Gaston 25th Annual Invitational hosted by Arlington Sam Houston on Thursday at Lynn Creek Park.
Jones finished the race in 18 minutes, 21.9 seconds, behind race winner Brighton Mooney of Frisco Independence. WHS senior Cori Morgan added a 10th-place finish in 19:25.8, followed by freshman Lyndsay Giles in 39th place in 21:31.1, sophomore Whitley Blankenship in 40th in 21:36.8 and senior Tessa Dominy in 49th place in 22:15.5. Also competing for WHS were senior Cameron McBride and junior Keeley Hearron.
The Indians competed in the Men’s Elite division and placed seventh as a team, led by freshman Jaime Gonzalez in 22nd place in 17:07.5. Junior Braden Buegeler was 46th in 18:19.4; freshman Ezra Perez was 56th in 18:47.3; sophomore Conner Schmidt was 61st in 18:57.2; and senior Lucas Molina was 62nd in 19:04.1. Sophomore Eli Nance also participated.
The Ken Gaston Invitational was the last cross-country action of the regular season, with district meets set for Thursday, Oct. 14. Waxahachie will return to Lynn Creek Park for the District 11-6A championships.