Redhawks place top 20 in Lovejoy Fall Festival

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Amelia Jauregui

Juniors Andrew Jauregui and Chance Moore race into the state UIL meet Friday. The pair departed from the Nest Thursday with hopes of bringing home a state title.

Catie Reeves , Sports Editor

Lovejoy Cross Country hosted its annual Fall Festival meet on Saturday at Myers Park with the Redhawks racing against elite 6A and 5A teams from across the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex.

The boys’ team placed 13th overall with a total of 352 points. Senior Jahson Ferguson placed second out of redhawk athletes and 45th out of 195 opponents with a time of 16:58:72.

“I would say the competition was incredibly fierce but it made us run better,” Ferguson said. “I’m proud I PR’d for the season. And I’m really proud of how many of my other teammates broke their records by a lot. I think it shows how we’re gearing up for districts.”

Finishing 12th, the girls’ team finished with 295 team points. Senior Amelia Jaregui led the way for the girls’ team placing 13th overall with a time of 19:26:05.

“I would say there was a lot of tough competition that really pushed us as most of the schools were 6A,” senior Katie Gray said.  “For most of the season we’ve been running against 5A schools and just other schools outside of Frisco that are less competitive, so this meet was a wake up call, for me at least. But I love the competition because it brings the best out of us. A lot of our girls got PRs this last meet, which is really good. Something I’m really proud of seeing from my team is dedication. We are not a team to give up or go easy. We are always looking to improve, and we act upon our goals. We do that through accountability and encouragement, and it really shows in our times throughout the season.”