Georgetown Girls and Cedar Park Boys Win at Cedar Park Invitational


Vista Ridge sophomore Ashley Isham took the lead from the start, followed
closely last year's Cedar Park Invitational individual champion Georgetown
senior Alicia Jenkins and homeschooler Catherine Westenhover. Isham hit the
mile mark in 5:25 with a :07 lead over Jenkins who was starting to break away
from Westenhover. Over the last mile, Isham continued to pull away from
Jenkins, who also continued to pull away Westenhover. Isham won in 11:22,
with Jenkins :16 back in 11:38 and Westenhover in 11:46. Vista Ridge junior
Zoe Galbraith (4th) and Georgetown junior Courtney Hale (5th) made strong
moves in the last half of the race to grab top five positions. Killeen
Ellison junior Anamaris Hernandez (6th), Harker Heights' Aliese Hyde (7th),
and Westwood senior Emily Potter (8th) clocked 12:00 or faster for the 2 mile
twisting course.

The girls team chase was rather close, with Georgetown coming out on top with
70 points over Vista Ridge (84 pts.), Cameron Yoe (86 pts.), and Harker
Heights (92 pts.)

This race was packed up front with Vista Ridge junior Zach Ornelas, Cedar Park
sophomore twins Jay and Bobby McIllece, Round Rock senior Carl Stones, and
Mayde Creek senior Daniel Balbontin forming a tight early pack in the front.
Ornelas lead the same lead pack by less than a stride through the mile mark in
4:42, followed closely by Georgetown junior Evan Hibbs and Corpus Christi
Carroll's Justin Adame and another couple of Cedar Park runners, senior Ben
Wroblewski and junior Austin Krohn. The race opened up slightly in the last
1.1 mile with Ornelas getting some space at the finish on Hibbs who was
charging hard in the last mile. Ornelas won in 15:39, followed by Hibbs in
15:42 and Balbontin in 15:47. Stones (4th), Adame (5th), Bobby McIllece
(6th), Georgetown senior Jonathan Kern (7th), Mayde Creek seniors Collin
Durham (8th) and Eric Doll (9th) and Georgetown's Jacob Guerrero (10th)
rounded out those who ran 16:00 or faster. Cedar Park's top runner, Jay
McIllece, who was in the lead pack for most of the race, had some late race
difficulties (dehydration?) and collasped shortly before the finish.

The boys team chase was close up top with Cedar Park edging out Georgetown 58
points to 64. Mayde Creek (80 pts.) rounded out the top three teams. A
second Cedar Park squad (115 pts.) grabbed 4th place, showing the impressive
depth of the Cedar Park program.