Joshua’s girls and boys cross country teams ran in their second to last meet before the District 8-4A championships.

The squads, who run today at the District Warm Up Meet hosted by Haltom, ran last Friday at the Mansfield Invitational.

The Lady Owls scored 392 points to finish 15th.  Mansfield won the title with 73 points, Midlothian was second (99 points) and Keller placed third (101). The boys squad finished 27th with 567 points.

Arlington Martin was first (64 points), Keller finished second (67) and Mansfield placed third (84).
“I thought the girls ran very well,” Joshua girls coach Leah Wright said. “We took a big hit at

Mansfield, as Erica Lewis, our normal No. 3 runner, suffered a knee injury. It is yet to be determined if she will make it back for district, but right now it doesn’t look good.”

Kelsey Newton, the Lady Owls No, 2 runner didn’t compete at Mansfield, but will be back for the district championships Oct. 25 at Cleburne High School.

“We still have a strong group with Julia Tucker, Newton, Gracyn Otts, Juliana LaMendola and Rebecca Browning,” Wright said. “Not sure yet who will round out the top seven, but the final two will come from the group of Caitlyn Rohleder, Sky Plummer, Shelby Gray, and Naomi Perez. Our goal all season has been to qualify for the regional meet, and I believe that goal is very attainable for this group as we head into the final two weeks of the season.”

Tucker lead the Lady Owls, finishing 35th in a time of 21 minutes, 46.10 seconds. Lewis was 73rd (22:43.42), Browning finished 98th (23:12.58), Otts placed 100th (23:13.74), Lamendola was 115th (23:24.53), Rohleder finished 139th (23:48.11), Perez placed 138th (23:47.57), Gray was 148th (24:10.04) and Amber Ybarra finished 175th (25:05.97).

Beni Rios led the Owls finishing 29th in a time of 17:33.31. Joshua Mason placed 91st (18:39.24), Michael Harding was 111th (19:02.94), Sean Castillo finished 171st (20:38.18) and Justin Hull placed 191st (23:24.77).

“It was a good race from our guys,” Joshua boys coach Jeffrey Brooks said. “They are continuing to improve and are still not satisfied and want to keep getting better. We still need a couple of banged-up guys to get healthy, but we’re heading in the right direction.”