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Eight in a row! Lady Bulldog distance runners bring home another championship

It happened again on October 11 as four runners snagged top 10 finishes, including a first and second place. As a team, La Porte bested Deer Park and North Shore by 15 and 33 points, respectively.


The JV squad, meanwhile, grabbed its eighth consecutive district crown.

This year our goal was to run together,” head coach Carolina Rodriguez said. "In cross country, if your top six runners place ahead of the other team’s fifth runner, you have a chance of beating them. We went in with the goal of placing as many runners as we could in the top ten … and came out champions.”

Senior Ciera Luna, who helped anchor the 2017 team with a top-five finish, led all runners this year with a 20:35.1 finish. Naomi Green, a freshman, was right behind her in second place with a 20:37.0 time.

Bulldogs also qualify for Regionals

The boys’ cross country team, in bringing home bronze at the 21-6A meet, will join the ladies at the Region III championships. It’s the ninth straight year they have qualified, according to head coach Zach Johnson.

Junior Ryan Schoppe, who held the nation’s fastest 5K time earlier this season, won individual gold at the district meet with a 15:13.3 time – more than a minute ahead of the silver medalist.

Sophomore Andrew Cornett finished ninth, earning him an individual ticket to the regionals.  

Just like their JV Lady Bulldogs counterparts, the freshman boys won their respective district championship for the eighth straight time.

The Region III Cross Country Championships meet is set to be held on October 22 at Kate Barr-Ross Park in Huntsville. The girls will race at 8:30 a.m., with the boys immediately following at 9:10 a.m.

21-6A Results 

Boys Varsity

1 – Ryan Schoppe: 15:13

9 – Andrew Cornett: 17:17

14 – Nicholas Gracia: 17:35

17 – Alviery Yanez: 17:53

22 – Lucas Guerrero: 18:31

23 – Oscar Lopez: 18:39

28 – Francisco Rodriguez: 19:17



Girls Varsity

1 – Ciera Luna: 20:35 
2 – Naomi Green: 20:37
5- Iza Hernandez: 21:51 
10 – Jalyn Lozano: 22:07
13 – Kayln Holloway: 22:44 
18 – Portia Kipper: 23:17
27 – Natalee Bergeron: 24:28