The Coppell Cross Country team wrapped up the regular cross country season at the Jesuit XC Classic on Saturday, October 2. The 5K course located at Prestonwood Polo and Country Club in Oak Point was flat and fast. Coppell took advantage of the course layout; athletes recorded fast times against district opponents Plano, Plano West, and Plano East. This meet was also an opportunity to reflect on the team motto for the 2021 Cross Country Season, “Carry the Tradition”. Coppell has a reputation for having a strong cross country program. “CTT” was chosen by the athletes as a reminder of where the team has been and as a challenge to continue the tradition.
The Cowboys’ placed 2nd overall in the 5A 6A Varsity Boys division, behind district opponent Plano West. Andrew Mullen was the top runner for Coppell with a 4th place finish in a time of 15:35.5. Vedant Bhattacharyya (13th, 16:00), Karthikeyan Parthipan (29th, 16:22), Kavin Chengavarayan, and Samuel Martinson scored team points for Coppell.
The Girls’ team placed 10th overall in the 5A 6A Varsity Girls division, ahead of district opponents Plano, Plano West, and Plano East. Waverly Hassman led the girls; she finished in 37th place with a time of 19 minutes, 40 seconds. Mallory Sherrer was right behind her (40th, 19:51). Alexa Turati (59th, 20:06), Elizabeth Grace Walker, and Aria Juma rounded out the point scorers for the cowgirls this week.
The Coppell boys clinched 1st place overall in the JV division. Senior Jeevan Janeev won the JV division with a time of 17:07. James Tan (2nd, 17:20), Samarth Dubey (3rd, 17:27), Cameron Churchill-Dowd and Cole Stehly contributed to the first place team score.
The Girls’ secured 3rd overall in the JV Girls division. Rachel Arrington led the girls with a 9th place finish in a time of 21:36. Top five finishing teammates were Lucy Martinson (11th, 21:40), Jeana Scheurich (13th, 21:47), Isabelle Ortigoza, and Ava Beaty.
“This was a great tune-up meet for the District Championship,” said Head Coach Landon Wren. Coach Wren is excited about the progress he saw today as the team heads into the championship season. Friday, October 15 Coppell will compete in the District 6-6A Championship at North Lakes Park in Denton. The District Championship is the conclusion of the JV Cross Country season. The top three Varsity Cross Country teams, as well as, the top ten individuals in District 6 will qualify to compete in the Region 1-6A Championship in Lubbock.