Stratford pulls off District 19-5A double

Stratford pulled off a varsity sweep at the District 19-5A Cross Country Championships last week at Tomball’s Spring Creek Park. Stratford’s boys, the two-time defending state champs, weren’t tested by their district foes, tallying 34 points to win easily over Magnolia West with 72 and Brenham with 110. Stratford head boys coach Tony Brillon, who has built the Spartans into a state powerhouse, gave his current squad mixed reviews after the district meet. Junior Devin Fahey was the individual district winner, completing the 5,000-meter course in 17:12.77. The Class 5A-Region III field is formidable, with state-ranked teams like College Station A&M Consolidated, Richmond George Ranch, Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill and possibly Kingwood Park setting the pace. The Spartans scored 32 points to hold off Magnolia with 52 and Tomball Memorial with 93. First-year Stratford head girls coach Jen Clouse was thrilled with the effort and expects even more from the Spartans at regionals. The Spartans were closely bunched, with freshman Grace Custer (fifth, 20:46.13), senior Abbigail Hirst (sixth, 20:59.22) and sophomore Sydney Lawrence (seventh, 21:10.80) accompanying Harper in the top 10. Clouse, who served as a boys’ assistant coach a year ago, considers her squad at darkhorse at the regional meet. College Station is the pre-meet favorite, but the other three spots are up for grabs. Memorial’s finishers included seniors Vanessa Reyes (fifth, 21:20.88), Erin Stephan (sixth, 21:34.38) and Megan Segura (seventh, 21:45.09) and sophomore Katherine Muschalik (ninth, 22:00.09). Bevan predicts that Memorial to be legitimate threat at regionals. Brandon Clemmons, Memorial’s new head boys coach, was pleased with the results, but he has revenge on his mind. The Raiders were in fine form at regionals, with senior Michael Moreno coming in fourth in 16:02.15.

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