Waxahachie’s cross country team got its season under way last Friday when it traveled to Burleson for one of the largest meets in the area.
Over 28 teams and 200 runners in each division participated in the meet.
Waxahachie’s boys and girls teams both placed 26th overall. The boys were competing against 33 other teams while the girls were up against 27 other teams.
“We ran pretty well for the first meet of the year considering we’ve only been practicing for two weeks,” head coach Joni Vaughan said. “We had a lot of people either beat their best time or come close to it.”
For the boys, who finished with 696 points, Tyler Federwisch was the top finisher as he placed 55th out of 239 runners with a team-best time of 17:22.
Gabriel Martinez was not too far behind as he finished with a time of 17:48, which was good enough for 79th place.
Heath Hernandez, Donald Kirschner, Garrett Keeler, Alan Ritchie and Trey Prohaska also placed for the boys varsity team.
The junior varsity team also ran and Luke Harvey placed the highest, finish in 184th place with a time of 22:14.
The Lady Indians had 676 points by the end of the day and were led by Caroline Clifton’s 121st place finish in a time of 15:30.
Monica Jaramillo, a regional qualifier last year, finished just one second behind Clifton and placed 124th.
Other members of the girls varsity team were Danielle Tesei, Jerrica Jaramillo, Rebecca Chagnon and Leigha Minton.
The junior varsity girls were led by Nicholle Hiddleston, who finished in 17:12 and placed 132nd.
“We saw a lot of good finishes from our kids and right now we’re just looking for improvement,” Vaughan said. “It was hot out there, but we're starting to get used to the heat.”
The Indians and Lady Indians started with over 30 runners at the beginning of the season and Vaughan believes with so many runners, Waxahachie has a chance of having a successful season.
“There are a lot of new faces,” she said. “Everyone’s been working hard every day and we really do have a good chance of being successful.”
The team runs in Cleburne on Friday.