Cypress Woods Cross Country Teams Place Among Top 10 in State

Cypress, TX (November 11, 2013) – The Cypress Woods High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams each placed among the top 10 in the state at the UIL Class 5A Cross Country Championships, held Saturday in Round Rock.

The Cypress Woods girls placed fourth overall with 155 points behind state champion Southlake Carroll (110), runner-up New Braunfels (116) and third-place College Park (117).

Cypress Woods High School junior Madison Gilcrease was CFISD’s top overall runner at the state championships, placing ninth overall in the girls’ race with a time of 18:51.25.

Cypress Woods High School junior Madison Gilcrease was CFISD’s top overall runner at the state championships, placing ninth overall in the girls’ race with a time of 18:51.25.

Led by junior Madison Gilcrease, who placed ninth overall with a time of 18:51.25, the Wildcats’ score was also comprised by freshman Kelsey Evans (24th place, 19:31.31), sophomore Gabby Howes (26th place, 19:34.30), junior Lorena Malendez (39th place, 20:04.22) and sophomore Kara Sanstrom (57th place, 20:32.52).

“The girls’ season was one filled with many accomplishments, and the team achieved many great and memorable endeavors along the way,” said head coach Greg Zarate. “We set some goals as a team last May and I really feel that we exceeded our goals. That has given us all many great things to look forward to next year. We will be bringing back our top five scorers next year and only look to build on this year’s success.”

The Cypress Woods boys placed eighth overall with a score of 197. Junior Zach Quinlan led the way by placing 14th with a time of 16:14.58. The team’s other scorers were senior Aaron Austin (24th, 16:33.87), senior Raymond Berrones (43, 16:57.01), junior Shea Foster (47, 17:01.91) and junior Blake Tepera (69th, 17:40.48).

“The boys’ team set out to improve on last year’s team finish at the state meet and they did just that,” Zarate said. “We look to continue the successes that we have had these last few years and continue our run at qualifying for state again next year.

“Our graduating boys’ class looks to do something very special next year if they qualify for the state meet in 2014. They will have a few members that would have been four-year qualifiers for the state meet and that will be a first for our program and something that is very special in our short time of existence as a school.”

CFISD’s other top-100 individual runner was Cypress Lakes High School senior Ian Cazares, who placed 38th with a time of 16:30.67.

Zarate said he was pleased to be a part of one of the best Cypress Woods cross country seasons in program history.

“To see both teams finish off their seasons the way that they did was very rewarding,” he said. “I am just so proud of both the boys and girls teams and am just honored to be associated with such a wonderful group of runners. Seeing all the hard work that they have put in since June makes every bit of their success a joy to witness.”