The Cougar cross country teams traveled to Pasadena on September 22 to compete in the first of three meets within a seven-day period, racing in the Runnin’ Texans Invitational. The meet, hosted by Pasadena Sam Rayburn HS, was held on a sloppy course filled with mud and water that challenged the runners and slowed the overall times. Hot and humid conditions only added to the misery.
Sophomore Iman Ahmed medaled in the JV girls race, slipping and sliding to eighth place in 17:27 over the two-mile course. Amy Romero trailed a little more than a minute behind Ahmed in 18:36 with Dua Sayeed just a few steps back in 18:44.
Freshman Brandon Phegley showed the way for the varsity boys, covering the 5000 meters (3.1 mile) course in 20:37. Junior Stephen Slage (21:13) was a little more than 35 seconds in arrears, while senior Matthew Anderson crossed the line in 21:45.
In the boys JV division, junior Francis Ogbonna led the way, finishing 29th in 22:38.
“While the kids seemed less than thrilled about all the water and mud, I thought that the teams looked pretty good,” said head coach Angela Pierce.
No teams scores were kept in any of the divisions.
The teams will get very little rest as they will race again just 24 hours later as the Coogs head to Brenham to tackle the Brenham Hillacious Invitational on September 23.