Saturday morning, September 11 began with a near perfect temperature for the fifth annual Coppell Cross Country Invitational. The 5K course at Coppell Middle School West is a tough course. Head Coach Landon Wren was pleased to note that despite the grueling course many of Coppell’s athletes posted their best times of the season.
The Varsity Girls’ team finished 2nd as a team. Sophomore Alexa Turati finished 2nd overall for the Cowgirls at 20:31.2. Mallory Sherrer was 4th (20:39), Waverly Hassman was 8th (21:17), Elizabeth Grace Walker was 11th (21:42), and Aria Juma was 12th (21:44).
The Cowboys’ won the Varsity Boys division. Junior Andrew Mullen picked up his second win of the season with a time of 16:44.7. Kavin Chengavarayen (2nd, 16:57) and Karthikeyan Parthipan (3rd, 16:58) paced each other this week for back to back finishes. Henry Henze (4th, 17:08) and Ashan Habeeb (6th, 17:15) rounded out the point scorers for Coppell.
In the Girls JV race, Coppell won with a perfect team score of 15 points. Rachel Arrington was the first to cross the finish; she won with a time of 23:03. Next in for Coppell were Annie Reeder (2nd, 23:15), Jean Scheurich (3rd, 23:35), Mahek Khandelwal (4th, 23:41), and Lucy Martinson (5th, 24:12).
The JV Boys team also came away with a team championship. Coppell got a 1st place finish from Sophomore Jase Wilson, he ran across the line at 18:16.2. Right behind him were teammates Cameron Churchill-Dowd (2nd, 18:47), Nicholas Kho (4th, 19:03), Jonas Rogers (5th, 19:14), and Aadarsh Sankar (6th, 19:16). The JV boys went on to finish with 13 athletes in the top 14 places.
“The meet was a great success, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of all that volunteered their time,” said Coach Wren. “The coaching staff and team are very thankful for everyone’s help.” The Coppell Fire Department and the Dallas Police Department were in attendance. The booster club and team also appreciate the CHS trainers and student trainers, photographer Adrian Holguin, as well as the parent volunteers that gave their time helping out at the Coppell Invitational. Next up are the McNeil Invitational and the Flower Mound Invitational, both are scheduled for Saturday, September 25. The top runners from both the girls’ and boys’ teams will travel to Round Rock to compete against some of the best talent in the state on the 5K course that is the site for the UIL State cross country championships. The JV team will compete at Shadow Ridge Middle School in Flower Mound.