The 4th annual Cougar Classic Cross Country Meet was run today at Imperial Park in Sugar Land. Squads from 40 different schools converged on the race site and brought over 1000 runners to compete in 6 different divisions. The 2.5K (1.5 mile) circuit around the park provided runners with multiple elevation changes as well as a combination of both technical trails and wide open straights to challenge the runners.
In the Varsity Boys Division the top 3 teams were Cypress Woods with 57 points followed by Pasadena Memorial in second and Stratford in third with 81 and 97 points respectively. The top 3 individuals for the Varsity Boys were Edward Njuguna of Travis HS, who broke the tape with a time of 16 minutes and 51 seconds, followed closely by Ricardo Banks from Cypress Falls at 16:52 and Brihunandan Sundararaman at 16:58.
Junior Varsity Boys Top 3 Teams were Pasadena Memorial with 31 points, followed closely by Cypress Woods with 42 points and Mayde Creek came in third with 128 points. Both Memorial and Woods had 7 of the top 10 runners in this division. The top 3 Individuals were Collin Bass from Cypress Woods with a time of 18:31. He was followed by Sergio Rivera from Pasadena Memorial at 18:37 and Kaman Jalal of Stratford who finished in 18:42
The Varsity Girls Division was very competitive for the first lap on the 2.5K circuit then on the second loop the runners started to spread out with Catalina Spjut of Cypress Woods in first with a time of 20:17, Katie Straub of Travis was second and Gloria Reed from Ridge Point third 20:25 and 20:48 respectively. On the team side Cypress Woods continued their strong team showing bringing home the First place trophy with a total of 31 points, while Ridge Point and Mayde Creek rounded out the top 3
In the Girls Junior Varsity race Cypress Woods, George Ranch and Mayde Creek lead the way in the team standings with scores off 28, 107 and 128 points respectively. The ladies made one circuit around the 2.5K trail and were lead to the line by Holly Smith from George Ranch with a blazing fast time of 10 Minutes and 11 seconds. Heather McLeod from Cypress Woods and Sau Taylor were second and third with times of 10:49 and 10:52.
Besides the 4 officially timed events there was an open division and a race for Freshmen boys. It was noted that several participants removed their racing bibs and participated in the open event simply to get another lap on the course.
When speaking with Race Director Angela Pierce of Kemper High School, she expressed her gratitude to all of the people who volunteered to come out so early in the morning to help with everything from setup to working the race course and providing all of the extra effort that made the event a success, and has allowed it to continue to grow as it has. She also would like to thank Kempner Athletic Director Darrin Andrus for his support, the Fort Bend ISD athletics department for providing the medals, all of the FBISD Trainers for their support in making the event go so smoothly and providing fantastic care to all the athletes at the event. She also would like to send a special thank you to Superintendent Charles E. Dupre for taking time out of his busy day to stop by and see all of the FBISD athletes compete. Coach Pierce’s final comment was that her goal is to make next years event even bigger and more successful that this year.
Several of the coaches were asked for comments on the event and everything said was extrememly positive. From “Great Meet, loved the hills and mud on the course” to “Best race in course in the area”. “Really enjoyed it… especially the mud”. One coach told Coach Pierce, “Great meet, only thing missing was the hay bales, gotta bring em back coach.” Almost every coach also said they are looking forward to returning next year because of how well the meet was organized.
The Kempner Athletic Booster Club and the Kempner Cougar Cross Country team would like to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors of the 4th annual Cougar Classic. Full race results are provided by Run Houston Timing dot Net. We would love for everyone to share photos of the event if you happen to have any. This article will have comments open for anyone who has a photo gallery to provide the link and we will publish a list of them as we get them.
See you all next year.