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Coppell XC Boys Varsity and JV Boys win Waxahachie Woodhouse Invitational for the third straight year.

Coppell’s Cross Country team commenced its 2023 season at The Waxahachie Woodhouse Invitational on Saturday, August 19 by running a 5K course. The Varsity Boys started the season with a 1st place team finish. Senior Henry Henze led the team to victory with a 2nd place overall finish with a time of 15 minutes and 21 seconds. Senior Samarth Dubey had a strong 6th place finish overall with a time of 15 minutes and 34 seconds. Next in was junior Pranav Vegiraju who placed 14th overall (15:58). Grant O’Neal (17th, 16:11) and Ansh Singhal (21st, 16:15) rounded off the top 5 finishers for the team.

The Varsity Girls placed 9th overall. Junior Mallory Sherrer was the top runner for Coppell girls with a finish time of 19 minutes and 18 seconds and placed 18th overall. Next in was Rachel Arrington who placed 38th (20:38). Lucy Martinson (44th, 20:44), Lauren Bennett (58th, 21:21) and Bess Williams (65th, 21:49) also scored for Coppell.

JV Girls secured a 3rd place finish. Freshman Maya Easterwood came 2nd and ran her race in 20 minutes and 28 seconds. Next in was Freshman Avery Fishman (17th, 22:48 ). Ishitha Mallidi (18th, 22:50) Mehak Gandotra (26th, 23:11) and Alexa Turati (27th, 23:20) were also top scorers for Coppell JV Girls.

JV Boys also secured a 1st place finish. Junior Jayden Benjamin (16:58) Jase Wilson (17:16) and Dillon Khera (17:34) grabbed the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions for Coppell. Krish Sirpal (6th, 17:43) and sophomore Hugh Harris (12th, 18:17) were also top scorers for the JV Boys’ team.

Head Coach Wren was satisfied with the team’s performance: ‘After graduating 5 of our top 7 runners from last year's boys team, I was looking forward to seeing who would step up early in the season. I was most pleased with our #3 through #5 runners, Pranav Vegiraju, Grant O'Neal, and Ansh Singhal, their efforts allowed us to win the meet for the third straight year. Junior Varsity boys also won their events at this location for a third consecutive year, he added. Regarding the girls he said, ‘with the combination of returning varsity runners and newcomers, the girls' team posted some good early season times. Mallory Sherrer ran a strong race and improved on her time from last year at the same meet. JV Girls finished in 3rd place, which is a great way to start the season. I was especially proud of the girls that ran their first race in high school. Overall, the kids performed well after training extremely hard this summer,’ he concluded.

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