81° F Saturday, June 24, 2017

In one of the toughest races in the state, the Lake Travis girls cross country season came to a close Saturday at the Region 2-5A championships in Arlington.
Sophomore Bailey Payne led the Lady Cavaliers with a 20:26.90 to take 80th place, while freshman Natalie Evans was 92nd with a time of 20:54.30, and fellow freshman Madison Hilgers came in 100th with a time of 21:03.00.
The entire team stayed somewhat in striking distance of each other, keeping as close together as possible during the race. Junior Elaine Howington ran a 21:39.70, freshman Andrea Mann came across in 21:48.10. Senior Malena Pennycock ran a 22:03.30, and freshman Bailey Bench finished in 22:10.60
Next season, Lake Travis will return six of its top seven from the regional race with sights set on climbing the standings and possibly breaking into the upper echelon.
The Woodlands came in first with 51 points, Kingwood High was second with 59, College Park finished third with 65 points and Westlake finished fourth with 155 points.
It was a successful season all around for the Lady Cavalier runners under first-year coach Megan O’Connor, who came on with a mission and a passion to push the cross country team beyond where it had been in Class 4A.
Not to mention, it was the first year girls ran a 5K at the majority of the races, including district and regional races, after the UIL implemented the change from two miles to the longer distance. Also, this was the first year Lake Travis ran in Class 5A.

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