Who has the best 3 man and 3 woman attack in Texas and what does it mean for the overall team?
Let's find out.
On the girls side, Flower Mound leads the way as their top three are legit and dangerous. They are led by a top three of second year high school runners in Natalie Cook (17:37), Allison Buemi (17:57), and Virginia Knight (17:59). All three sophomores have sub 18:00 times on the season to combine for a 17:51 average between the three and just a 22 second separation. The Lady Jaguars have won every meet that their top seven have competed in except for a loss to Southlake Carroll at Friday Night Lights. They are a big reason why FM is ranked #3 in the CCCAT mid season 6A team rankings.
Cook and Buemi had big performances at the McNeil Invite to help lead the team to the a big time win and 18:50 team average.
The Grapevine girls are currently ranked #1 in the CCCAT midseason 5A team rankings. A big reason for that is due to their top three attack. Juniors Rachel Sutliff and Caroline Burrow team with senior Ashley Dove to make up the Lady Mustangs three person attack. Their 18:21.67 team average has hem as the second ranked team through three runners and the 35 second split between them has their team in prime contention for a UIL 5A state title this year.
Burrow and Sutliff both finished well at McNeil to lead the team to a third place overall finish an a 19:21 team average for the race.
The Texas boys teams with the top three show how important it is to have a supreme three runners to solidify and anchor the team.
Again, it is Flower Mound at the top of the rankings with their top three boys who look to be almost unstoppable. Seniors Jarrett Kirk (14:40) and Thomas Romanow (14:53) team up with junior Jacob Ricks (15:10) for a 14:54 team average. The formidable attack from the FM the top three in races has them ranked #2 in the mid season CCCAT team rankings.
The pack of Jaguar runners all finished in the top ten at McNeil Kirk was first overall with Romanow finishing fifth and Ricks ninth in the race. They only had a 24 second separation between the three.
The Boerne Champion boys have the second best time of the state's top three runners. The CCCAT #7 ranked 5A boys team has a strong front pack of runners with Foster Wilfong, Devin Duran, and Chris Martinez. They team up for a 15:22 average between the three with only a 27 second split.
The Woodlands boys have the third best three man combo. Ryan Cardinal and Ethan Hammer were expected to enter the season as two of the top duos in the state after they both finished in the top 10 at last year's UIL 6A state meet. Benjamin Amundson has been a welcomed addition to the Highlander top seven. His 15:48 gives TWHS the third best top three in the state of 15:23 and that has resulted in their #1 ranking in the CCCAT mid season team rankings.