Bulldogs finish first in
district cross country
Lady ’Dogs earn perfect score
Special to The Monitor
MALAKOFF–The Eustace cross country teams took the top spot at
the District 14-2A cross country meet Oct. 24, in Malakoff.
The meet held a girls and boys middle school division, a girls
and boys junior varsity division and a girls and boys varsity
In the varsity girls’ race, the Lady Bulldogs were able to
accomplish something that rarely happens in cross country – they
finished first through fifth, earning them a perfect score and a
district championship victory.
The girls were led by freshman Samantha Crocker who finished
first with a time of 13:24, and sophomore Meagan Gunter, who
placed second with a time of 13:33.
Tarah Herrera took third place, Kara Zimmerer placed fourth and
Crystal Garza placed fifth.
The varsity boys also took the District 14-2A championship win
with three guys in the top three places.
The Bulldogs were led by junior Evan Arambula, who placed first
with a time of 16:36.
Mark Zimmerer took second place with a time of 17:02, and Jason
Ballenger placed third with a time of 17:07.
Gavin Kirkhart placed sixth, Michael Yates finished seventh and
Trey Russell took the 12th spot.
The junior varsity girls also accomplished the unlikely task of
finishing five girls in the top five to get a perfect score and
a district championship trophy.
The girls were led by Emily Morton, who took the top spot with a
time of 14:32. Madi Allen placed second with a time of 14:58.
MacKenzie Abbott placed third, Shelby Stegent finished fourth
and Grace Holcombe placed fifth.
The junior varsity boys also dominated, finishing four guys in
the top four.
They were lead by Preston Bottoms, Thomas Henderson, Brandon
Hall and Ryan Brown.
Hunter Norris placed sixth, Chris Farnsworth placed 10th and
Aaron Shugart placed 12th.
The JV boys took first for the day with 16 points.
The Eustace Middle School cross country teams also competed at
In the girls division, Eustace dominated all the competition
with three girls finishing first, second, and third overall.
As a team, they received first place honors at the meet.
Michelle Gomez led the team, finishing with a time of 13:40.
Chanda Westbrooke placed second with a time of 14:19, Monica
Rojas placed third with a time of 14:24.
Also helping out the team was Lydia Strand who placed 10th,
Briana Hall who placed 11th, Summer Garza who placed 12th,
Whitney Boerner who placed 15th, Alyssa Shaddox who placed 19th,
Calie Spivey who placed 26th, Ellen Case who placed 27th and
Casie Spivey who placed 28th.
In the boys division, the competition was very close between
Eustace and Malakoff, with the Tigers barely beating out the
Bulldogs. The Eustace boys were district runners up by two
points behind Malakoff.
Hunter Rose led the boys by placing second with a time of 12:13.
Gabe Purselley placed 9th, Zane Arambula placed 11th, Cade Yates
placed 12th, Elijah Rogers placed 16th, Alec Marple placed 26th,
Matthew Clark placed 27th, Casey Steagall placed 33rd, Ethan
Hoops placed 37th, Jaden Vance placed 39th, Tanner Sparks placed
40th, Ashton Smith placed 41st and Temple Hendrickson placed
Lady Bulldogs finish second, ready for
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs defeated the visiting Buffalo
Lady Bisons in three straight games, securing a second place
finish in District 14-2A and a playoff spot.
The Eustace girls finished the regular season with 29-11 overall
record, and a 10-2 district mark.
The Lady Bulldogs will face Red Oak Life Tuesday in the
bidistrict playoff game. The game will be held at Corsicana High
School at approximately 8 p.m.
Against Buffalo last Tuesday, Catania Grant had 12 kills, three
blocks and seven digs.
Eustace Lady Bulldogs Mallory Keeling (3) and Kacie Richards
(10) narrowly miss a block by a Buffalo Lady Bison hitter
Tuesday. The hosting Lady Bulldogs defeated the Buffalo girls in
three game – 25-15, 25-16 and 25-16.
Peyton DiBari had a kill and three digs, while Shelby Stegent
added seven kills and three stuff blocks.
Casey Bramblitt had nine kills and an ace serve, Kacie Richards
had six kills and three stuff blocks, and Bethany Strickland put
up three kills and three stuff blocks.
Mallory Keeling had 33 assists and two ace serves, Chelsea
Oldham had seven digs and one ace serve.
Josie Collie had five digs and and an ace serve and Megan
Renteria added three.
“We are still playing a little up and down, but everyone played
together well and I believe we are ready for the real season,”
Eustace head coach Chuck Powers said.