For the first time Faith Academy's cross country team didn't have to pull out of the parking lot and drive to a meet. The Knights ran at home in the school’s first cross country meet, held Saturday, Oct. 17.
“The meet proved to be a success for the 12 teams that competed in the high school and junior high divisions,” Faith Academy head coach Ann Howarth said. “The spectator friendly course was run on an all-grass terrain that had several long, gradual hills. The weather was ideal that morning for running and the course had a nice tree-lined path that provided shade for the runners. Just under 200 runners arrived on the campus at 6:30 a.m. to prepare for the races.”
The Knights had four representatives in the 45-runner field of the boys’ varsity 5K race. Joshua Bright and Beck Briggs finished consecutively in 10th and 11th, running times of 19:20 and 19:30 respectively. Landen Bright registered 22nd overall with a personal-record time of 20:28 and Eli Kubicek made his debut on the cross country course with a time of 22:42. Legacy Prep Christian’s Carter Hutton won the race in 17:30 but Needville won the team competition with 29 points.
In the women’s varsity 3,200-meter race, freshman Summer Bright represented Faith Academy with a 20th-place finish in 14:50. Allen Academy’s Amelia Anderson finished first overall in 12:47 but Needville won the team title with 36 points.
On the junior high stage, Knight seventh grader Ethan Stegent continued his strong season by taking first place overall in the men’s 3,200-meter race with a personal-best time of 12:08 which gave him a 30-second lead on the second-place finisher.
Faith Academy seventh grader Savannah Goebel turned in a solid performance in the junior high girls’ 3,200-meter race, moving up six positions in the last 400 meters to finish seventh overall with a time of 14:37. Kristen Thomas of Beck Middle School took first overall and her team won the team competition with 17 points, just two points shy of a perfect team score.
The Knights will head to their final regular season meet at Conroe Christian this Saturday, Oct. 24, ahead of the state championship meet in Hewitt on the Midway ISD course on Nov. 2.
The player of the week was senior Landen Bright for his commitment to improvement, Howarth said.
“(He) has been working hard every Saturday morning to beat his 5K race time,” the head coach said. “He even competes in 5K road races on Sunday to help accomplish his goal. He was successful at breaking his record at the school’s own meet Saturday, Oct. 17. Landen ran the true 3.2 miles in 12:28, breaking his record of 12:38.”