Flower Mound executed a 1, 2, 3 sweep of the 2022 UIL 6A State Cross Country State Championships
2022 UIL 6A Girls Cross Country State Championships
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The Flower Mound girls are in the midst of a strong push, one like we've never seen before. It's hard to win a state title after losing your one point scorer to graduation, but that's exactly what the Lady Jaguars did this year. After graduating last year's state champion, they created the new state champion (s).
Instead of a low stick point scorer, this year they had not one, not two, but actually three of them.
Nicole Humphries, Samantha Humphries, and Alexandra Fox finished 1, 2, 3 to start their team scoring with six points through three runners. Before the team scoring began for the other teams, it was already over.
The identical twins finished with an identical time of 17:36.40 to tie for the state title. The official win was awarded to Nicole with Samantha second. Fox ran a time of 17:48 to grab the third position at the top of the individual awards podium.
Junior Natalie Spangher finished 23rd overall with a time of 18:57 and sophomore Ava Cole was 28th overall with a time of 19:04. That helped Flower Mound run a 18:12 team average to tally 42 points and secure the UIL 6A girls state meet team title.
6A GIRLS 5000 METER RUN FINALS PLACE ATHLETE TEAM RESULT POINTS 1 Nicole Humphries 11 Flower Mound 17:36.40 1 2 Samantha Humphries 11 Flower Mound 17:36.40 2 3 Alexandra Fox 10 Flower Mound 17:48.60 3 4 San Juanita Leal 11 Edinburg North 17:57.70 0 5 Ava Bushaw 12 Carroll High School 17:58.30 4 6 Haley Harper 12 Plano West 18:05.10 5 7 Sylvia Schwedler 11 Carroll High School 18:16.90 6 8 Shewaye Johnson 12 Prosper 18:20.10 0 9 Madison Peters 11 Pearland 18:21.10 0 10 Macy Wingard 9 Denton Braswell 18:33.30 0
Despite how good Flower Mound is this year, the Southlake Carroll were just as impressive. The state meet matchup between the two was highly anticipated as both teams showed improvement as the season progressed. At the Region 1-6A Championships, they were only separated by one point.
Carroll mounted an impressive challenge once again as they finished with a 18:33 team average and with a 60 second 1-5 split. Carroll won the race on the back end. Their four through seven runners all won their position.
However despite earning only 4 ,6, and 7 points through their first three runners, that was the difference in first and second place with the 1, 2, 3 finish from Flower Mound.
TEAM SCORES PLACE TEAM POINTS SCORERS TIMES 1 Flower Mound 42 1+2+3+17+19 (44+72) 1:27 1-5 Split | 18:12 Avg 2 Carroll High School 51 4+6+7+16+18 (25+41) 1:00 1-5 Split | 18:33 Avg 3 Kingwood High School 116 9+21+27+29+30 (69+87) 0:48 1-5 Split | 19:19 Avg
Flower Mound and Carroll were heads and shoulders better than the rest of the state. They were the only two teams to average under 19 minutes in the race and they put their top five runners ahead of every other team's No. 2 runner.
Kingwood was the third place team this year. After a hiatus of a couple years on the award podium, they returned. They ran a 19:19 team average, which was the third best in the race, but their 0.48 second split was the ticket to their third place finish.
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Flower Mound's win completes the three-peat at the UIL 6A cross country state meet.
In the spring, they won the UIL 6A State Track and Field Championships. Only the Woodlands boys have won a cross country state meet and track and field state meet in the same school year.
Flower Mound's track and field meet win was different than the manner The Woodlands did it and like no other girls track and field state champion ever before.
They scored 68 total points with 58 of them being scored by their distance runners. Samantha won the 800m, finished second in the 3,200m behind Natalie Cook and ahead of Alexandra Fox. She also teamed up with Cook and Nicole in the 1,600 as they swept the event as well.
The distance runners scored 58 of the 68 points, ahead of the 40 points scored by runner-up Shadow Creek.
Months later, they executed another 1, 2, 3 sweep and team championship winning performance.