Kilgore’s boys cross country team had five runners finish in the top 18 in the larger division of the Hallsville Invitational last Saturday, and the KHS girls won the regular division, complete with a number-one finish by Zoe Craven.
Craven set the pace for all the other girls, running the course in 13 minutes, 49.62 seconds. Teammates Cristina Rosas and Emma Taylor finished fourth and fifth, respectively (14:10.61 and 14:24.72), and then the trio of Vanessa Valasco (16th), Lesly Herrera (17th) and Estrella Galvan Vazquez (20th). Samantha Rodrguez finished 37th out of a 92-runner field.
Kilgore’s boys finished third in both the larger-school run (with 5A and 6A runners) and in the regular run. Austin Bain was the top KHS boys finisher, coming in sixth overall in 5A and 6A in 17:45.83. AB Herrera was 12th (18:05.37) and Josue Rosas, 15th (18:19.54). Josh Young finished 17th and Max Torres, 18th. Juan Huerta also ran in the bigger division for Kilgore (26th), as did Yamir Sanchez (38th out of a field of 64).
In the regular run, Kilgore’s top finisher was Adolfo Castillo in 13th (20:06.59). Also running in that division for the Bulldogs were Isaac Gutierrez (19th), Octavio Salazar (22nd), Chris May (24th), Giovanni Aguilar (31st) and Reymundo Cazares (32nd). Martin Almanza finished 37th.
Kilgore’s JV girls finished third overall, and the JV boys were fifth.
Kilgore cross country, coached by Phillip Lane (boys) and by Todd BonDurant (girls), is scheduled to compete Friday morning in a meet at Lear Park in Longview, hosted by Pine Tree High School. Start time is listed as 8:30 a.m.