Despite being the new kids on the block, Bridgeland cross country proved they are a force to be reckoned with.
In their inaugural varsity season, the Bears sent seven girls to the UIL 6A State Championship.
At the UIL 6A-II Regionals, the Bears placed third overall as a team.
The Bears were led by freshman Cassidy Graham who placed fifth overall (18:02.05), sophomore Natalie Mason who placed 10th overall (18:25.32), sophomore Athena Reyna who placed 15th overall (18:36.36) and Allison Milan who placed 18th overall (18:42.65).
Freshman Elisa Grillo and junior Haley Williams place 60th and 68th respectively.
“Our hill training is the biggest factor to our success in my opinion,” Mason said on what prepared the team for a historic season. “We push each other to be the best every day we are on the course.”
The Bears were the only full team to qualify from CFISD, which Graham described as a confident booster.
“It’s just gives more confident to keep pushing ourselves because we know that the district and our community is behind us,” she said.
The UIL State 6A Championship was held at Old Settler Park in Round Rock, Texas on November 3rd.
Not many people in the cross country world gave the Bears a chance to win, but Bridgeland again proved they will be a team to watch in the near future.
Five athletes — Graham (21st), Milan (44th), Mason (58th), Reyna (59th) and Grillo (100th) — finished in the Top 100. As a team, Bridgeland finished seventh overall — the best place of any team in Houston.
Not too shabby for a first-year varsity team.
With a young squad, the Bears are poised to be Houston’s top cross country team for years to come.
Savio Le is a student at Bridgeland HS and a member of the VYPE U Ambassador Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U Ambassador at your school...