The varsity cross country teams dominated as hosts of the Dripping Springs XC Invite where both the girls and boys took first place in muddy conditions at Ranch Park.

Senior Zach Kovar took first place with a time of 17:29.2 for the boys, followed closely by sophomore Carson Aguilar at 17:36.9. The Tigers took first through fifth place and seventh place in the medals.

“Overall, it’s one of the toughest courses I think that we run all year,” Kovar said.

In addition to the sticky mud created by days of steady rain in the area, the runners had to deal with the humidity and the hills.

“The conditions were difficult,” senior Sydney Cole said. “The mud was really challenging.”

Cole finished third with a time of 21.29.4, leading the girls squad with Dripping Springs taking fifth through tenth in the medals.

“It’s a good starting point for us,” Head Coach Marisa Parks said. “It’s a better test than just practice.”

Parks valued being able to assess her team, their fitness, and challenging them early. Despite the mud slowing down times, Parks felt the weather actually benefited the runners in other ways.

“Normally, it’s been 105. We’ve had people struggling with the heat, and today was perfect,” Parks said.

Parks has high expectations of winning district, regionals, and medaling at state, but she doesn’t focus on those meets as much as the meet ahead. However, given recent lightning cancellations and breaks, she has used these end goals to drive her team when away from campus.

“I’ll throw in there, ‘Let’s think about the district championship,’ to get them out there on their own,” Parks said.

With 106 runners in the program, the teams have swelled to their largest rosters ever.

“People see how our family environment is and want to be a part of it,” senior Alyssa Schroeder said. “It’s not for the competition parts; it’s for the team aspect of it.”

 

The Tigers will travel to the Comal County Fairgrounds for the Unicorn Invite Sept. 3.

Boys Team Results

  1. Dripping Springs
  2. St. Andrews Episcopal
  3. Austin Westlake
  4. St. Anthony Catholic
  5. Austin Regents
  6. Inc. St. Stephens Episcopal

Girls Team Results

  1. Dripping Springs
  2. St. Andrews Episcopal
  3. Austin Westlake
  4. Austin Regents
  5. St. Anthony Catholic
DS XC meet
Sophomores Danielle Schroeder and Madeline McCraw cross the last obstacle before the finish line. Both medaled with 7th and 8th place respectively.
Kovar
Senior Zach Kovar finished first overall with 17:29.2 at the DS XC Invite. “This course is very muddy. It will probably be our slowest times all year,” Kovar said.
Start
The varsity and junior varsity squads start their 5K at DS Ranch Park together. Future meets will see the JV go at a different time. 
Sydney Cole 3rd place
Senior Sydney Cole rounds the corner through the mud to finish third overall with a time of 21:29.4. “The conditions were difficult, very muddy. Our feet were getting stuck in it,” Cole said.