With a light rain at the start to keep temps down and the course just wet enough 2 twelve and under boys took off from the starting line in the first race of the 2019 Cougar Classic Cross Country Meet. The meet was again held at Imperial Park in Sugar Land, on Fort Bend County Fair Day, and had nearly 900 runners compete in 5 high school and one open event over the course of the meet.
The course had both a 1.5 Mile and 1 Mile circuit, which according to some of the coaches is one of the most technical and fun courses of the Cross Country Season. With multiple water crossings there was a great opportunity for the runners to not only Rise and Grind which was the theme for the meet but also to get down and dirty which by the time the open race started was all but guaranteed.
Every year the race course and students challenge each other, either due to weather or other conditions around the park. Over the past 3 years the course’s water crossings have been wet and sloppy and have been stealing shoes off the runners feet at record numbers. This year the Varsity Boys escaped without losing any shoes, however starting with the Varsity Girls race runners without shoes became a common sight, and by the end of the meet there had been over 150 feet crossing the finish line without the shoe that it started with. Now the good news is all but 15-20 were recovered by their owners, but the cleanup post race was just begining.
Varsity Boys Results 0 shoes lost
In the Varsity Boys event Cy Woods topped the team standings with Jaden Callaway taking first place with a time of 16:19.86 -5:26/M. Brandon Phegley was the top finisher for Kepmner at 17:36.88 -5:52/M and 30th place
Varsity Girls Results 20 shoes lost
Varsity Girls team title was won by George Ranch and Clements Haley Harkrider took an early lead and never looked back with a winning time of 18:58.58 -6:19/M. For Kempner Alexa Argueta, and Emilee McCoy placed 44 and 45 respectively with times of 22:09.06 – 7:23/M and 22:12.57 – 7:24/M
JV Boys Result 50 shoes lost
JV Boys was the third race and the missing shoe count jumped to an impressive level. All the while Cy Woods won the team award and Fulshear’s Kam Kuhar took home first place with a 17:42.89 – 5:54/M which would have been 33rd in the varsity event. Kemper was lead by Michael Cheng, with a 21:40.38 – 7:18/M.
JV Girls Results 55 shoes lost
Despite being the fourth race of the day, or maybe because the runners were doing more to avoid getting stuck in the mud, the JV Girls lost shoe count was not much higher than the boys despite the obvious worsening of the water crossings. George Ranch took the team honors and Cami Lidisky took home the top spot with a 15:17.73 and a 7:38/M. Jaquelin Colchado was Kempner’s top runner crossing the line in 17:20.48 – 8:40/M
There were 2 additional events the Freshman Boys which had over 200 runners and lost nearly 50 shoes and the Open event where those that had lost shoes ran again and there was as much fun in the mud as there was competition on the course.
Check out the photo gallery of the event as well as these videos from various spectators and coaches.
The Cougars have just a couple of more meets this year including the 20-6A district meet, Good luck to them on the rest of the season.