Julie Varriale
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The Woodlands, TX (November 18, 2017) – The championship boys and girls Southlake Cross Country & Track Club teams both earned a trip once again to the Nike Cross Nationals meet in Portland, OR on December 2nd in this highly competitive Nike Regionals club meet.  The girls’ team with just 68 points took 1st place ahead of Keller while the boys’ team finished in 2nd place with 88 points behind Flower Mound.  This marks the 12th trip for the girls and the 11th trip for the boys to the Nationals meet in Portland. The Nike Regional meet includes teams from five states and only the top two teams from this and each regional meet around the country qualify for the Nike Nationals meet.  The remaining runners from the Southlake XC and Track Club ran in the open races with some impressive results, most notably a 1st and 2nd place finish for the Girls A & B teams in the Open 1 race and a 2nd place finish for the Boys in the Open 1 race.

Head Coach Justin Leonard said, “We are so proud of all 122 runners that competed this weekend at Nike South Regionals.  Our runners came to compete and we as a program came away with two first place team finishes and two second place team finishes. I’m so excited that our seniors will be able to end their high school XC careers on a national stage in Portland, OR.”

The championship girls’ team was led by Senior Cate Tracht who came in 7th place overall, followed by Sarah McCabe who captured 9th place, with Sofia Santamaria coming in right behind her in 10th.  Angie Riera finished in the 18th spot and Kate Reppeto in 24th to round out the scorers.  Lauren Esparza (27th) and Cristina Canal (64th) also competed for the Southlake Girls’ team.   

The championship boys’ team was led by Senior Juan Arcila who came in 6th overall.  He was followed by Jackson Felkins in 12th, Vishnu Nair in 16th, Jack Meyers in 22nd and Enzo Mortimer finishing out the scoring positions coming in 32nd.  Drew Bliss (57th) and Connor Rutledger (76th) rounded out the top 7 runners for the Southlake team.  

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