GRAND PRAIRIE — Waxahachie cross country showed its a formidable foe in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex after besting a combined 88 out of 101 teams in the 21st annual Ken Gaston "Race at the Lake" Invitational.
On Thursday morning, the Indians finished the 5,000-meter race in sixth place out of 51 teams while the Lady Indians came in 7th out of 50. The race, held at Lynn Creek Park, was the final tune-up for both teams before the District 10-5A meet scheduled for Oct. 12
"Both teams worked really hard today and now we have our eyes set on district," Indian cross country head coach Edward De La Garza said. "I'm proud of their dedication, determination and their will to be the best. We're right where we want to be. The rest will take care of itself."
Emma Curry led the way for the Lady Indians with an 11th-place finish in 20:16.5. Alyson Moore finished 28th out of 292 runners with her time of 21:11.9, while Emily Mackel (22:27.9) crossed in 73rd place, Brooke Trull (22:27.3) finished in 83rd and Izabella Curiel came in 90th with a time of 22:33.6.
Other Lady Indian runners included Cathryn Bigham (22:45.3), Audrey Semperio (22:51.0), Bailee Jennings (23:46.6) and Karina Huerta (24:18.0).
For the Indian team, Brandon Gilliland paced the pack with his 13th-place finish and 16:30.1. Brandon Moore finished in 29th out of 366 runners with a time of 17:14.2. Rafael Aguilar and Sam Molina crossed the finish line in 65th and 66th places with times of 17:34.7 and 17:35.1, respectively.
Other Indian runners included Joshua Kane (18:01.0), Josh Manning (19:08.9), Eric Dyke (19:34.4), Andrew Galbraith (19:52.6) and Jayce Glenn (21:10.7)