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Gabrielle Olivas leads the Cowgirls at the Nike South Invitational in Houston.

The top seven boys and girls CHS Cross Country runners gave it their all at the Nike South Invitational in Houston this past Saturday. Running in the Elite Boys 5K race, Carson Vickroy once again was the first Cowboy to cross the finish line in 24th place out of 169 runners with a time of 16:42. Josh Thomas was the number two Cowboy in 74th place in 17:30. He was followed by freshman Alan Huo in 106 place with a time of 18:01. Justin Armenta followed in 109th place in 18:03. Shane Rigdon was right behind Armenta in 110th place. Leo Fan and George Fairchild helped the seven runners to earn a 16th place finish overall out of 24 of the best teams in Texas. 

The Cowgirls top seven runners were able to come up with a 19th place overall finish out of 24 elite teams. Gabrielle Olivas was the fist Cowgirl to finish the 5K race in 89th place out of 170 runners with a time of 21:15. Jessie Cranmer was the number two Cowgirl in 101st place with a time of 21:35. Paskalina Bourbon finished in 106th place in 21:44. Bourbon was followed by freshman Cali Westervelt, Grace Barden, freshman Ashley Scrivner and Stephanie Bilka.

The rest of the CHS runners went to the Jesuit Invitational in Dallas on Saturday. The freshmen girls led the Varsity Cowgirls team to a 13th place overall finish out of 22 teams. Freshmen Tara Akhikari finished the 5K race in 60th place out of 182 runners with a time of 22:16. She was followed by fellow freshmen Taylor Dubey and Emma Johnson in 63rd and 76th place.

The Varsity boys running at the Jesuit Invitational also finished in 13th place overall out of 26 teams. The Cowboys were led by freshman Nathan Sims in 58th place out of 206 runners with a time of 18:10. Next in for the Cowboys was Brayden Young in 69th place with a time of 18:29. Sophomore Jay Harrison finished in 85th place with a time of 18:48.

Good luck to all the runners this weekend as they compete in the Flying Hawks Invitational at Tarrant County Community College NE Campus.