Southlake Wins Home Meet Aug 25, 2007

Southlake Invitational The Southlake Invitational was held earlier than last year. The 5K course was the same, with tough footing and tight turns over the first 2 miles followed by more forgiving terrain over the last mile; however, the August heat (mid 80's to low 90's) and humidity (70-80%) led to slower times. On the girls side, Kristie Krueger, Argyle, (3A 1600/ 3200 double gold medalist at May's State track meet) was the individual winner. Krueger ran away from the field to post an impressive time of 18:23. Jenny Swan, Plano West, finished second in 20:23 leading the Wolves to the team title (41 points). Her teammates followed with a tight 30 second spread between their 2nd and 7th runners as Alexa Ramsier, Katie Bassett, Nicole Eckles and Ellen Stow rounded out the team's scoring. Mansfield was the runner-up (53) led by Brette Fleming-Wood, 5th in 20:42. For the second year in a row, the Southlake girls failed to win their invitational, finishing third (73) as Tara Upshaw and Taylor Stephens (#1 and #2 runners from last year's State Meet) were held out. The Dragon's were led by Sophomore Jessica Harper, 4th overall in 20:31. The Girls top 5 was rounded out by Andrea Torske, Garland, 3rd in 20:24. On the boys side, Colby Lowe (5A 1600/ 3200 double gold medalist at May's State track meet) continued his unbeaten steak from last year finishing in 15:40 while leading from start to finish. The other half of the Dragon's 1-2 punch, CJ Brown, finished second in 16:10. Sophomore Neal Smith and Juniors Ahmed Toure and Evan Garner rounded out the team's scoring as the Dragons took the title with 36 points. Plano West was the runner-up (52), led by Connor Doyle, 6th in 16:59, while cross-town rival Plano finished third (56), led by Alex Wallace, 5th in 16:57. The top five was rounded out by Andrew Herrera, Southwest, 3rd in 16:42, and James Hodges, Paradise, 4th in 16:44. Mike Brown