11.6.10 - There was a chill in the air along with electricity on the ground Saturday morning at Vandergriff Park in Arlington at the Region II Cross Country Meet. The cream of the crop from around the state was there to compete for a chance to qualify for the State Meet the next weekend in Round Rock. Madie Zimmermann did just that by finishing fourth overall in the Girls 4A Division, which earned here a trip for a chance to win gold at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock next weekend. The girls’ team also had strong finishes by Sophomore Maddie Lundberg, and Freshman Rachel Crane, which helped the team place fifth overall. Unfortunately the girls barely missed out on third place by only 15 points, which kept them from advancing to state as a team. However, Coach Enright responded at the press conference afterwards that, "We have everyone coming back next year, and hopefully if everyone can stay healthy, then that will be us up there on the podium next year!" In addition, the Wolverines would like to wish the Frisco High Raccoonettes and Coach Sam Reiter good luck next week at the State Meet as they have a chance to bring home the gold for the great city of Frisco. The boys also had a chance to advance as a team, but unfortunately it wasn't in the cards for them, as they finished 12th in the overall standings. Daniel Rodriguez was the Wolverines top finisher once again, while Pete Lefebvre, Seth Elliott, and Cameron Wilk all ran personal best to finish their seasons. Coach Tidwell stated to the Arlington Courier, "The boys competed well, but at this point in the game, if you don't have a little bit of lady luck on your side, then it can all be over in an instant!" The Wolverines would like to wish Coach Marcus Eckert, Coach Laura Keahey and the Flyin' High Liberty Redhawks good luck next week at the State Meet as they also have a chance to bring home the gold for this great school district. For further information about Wakeland Cross Country, please visit the Wolverine Club website.
10.28.10 - It was a chilly beginning Thursday morning as runners got prepared to run down their dreams at the District 9-4A Cross Country Meet at Warren Park. However, it didn't take Madie Zimmerman long to warm-up as she scorched the competition to take first and help lead her team to a second place finish, behind long-time rival, Sam Reiter and the Frisco Racoonettes. Rachel Crane and Maddie Lundberg helped as well by placing in the Top 10. Madie Zimmerman was named the District's MVR, Most Valuable Runner. While Rachel Crane was nominated as the Newcomer of the Year. Next, it was the guys turn to show what they had in store for the District competition. The Wolverines knew it was going to be tough to qualify in the Top 3, and with everything on the line, Daniel Rodriguez helped lead the team by placing 3rd in the race, which helped the Wolverines edge Heritage out by one point in the team standings to secure second place. In addition, the JV Girls had strong races by Abby Patchett and Monique Flores, which helped them bring home the second place tropy as well. Kyle Ratliff was the top finisher in the JV Boys division at the 9th spot. This is the first time that the girls and guys have both advanced to the Regional Meet at the same time in school history. This is also the first time for both the girls and boys to advance to Regionals at the 4A level. Furthermore, Wakeland was the only school in the District to qualify both a girls and boys team to Regionals. The Runnin' Wolverines will be back in action this Saturday at Vandergriff Park in Arlington, where the opportunity awaits for State qualifications.
10.16.10 - Madie Zimmerman's performance was just as majestic as the sunrise off Lake Lewisville at the Rick Neil Memorial Meet this past Saturday morning. She led the entire race and held off late pushes from cross-town rivals Frisco High to secure the top spot. Rachel Crane also ran a great race by medaling at the fifth spot. The Varsity Boys had three great races from Daniel Rodriquez, Seth Elliott, and Pete Levebvre whom all medaled, which helped them bring home the second place trophy. The JV Boys also brought home some hardware as they placed second with Turner Pool and Spencer Gray medaling in the Top 10. The JV Girls top finisher was Abby Patchett as she finished in the Top 25 in her division. The Runnin' Wolverines will be back in action on Thursday, Oct. 28th, which is the District Meet at Warren Park. Please come and support Wakeland Cross Country as they try and make a run for the District Championships!
10.9.10 - It was a total team effort at the first ever Michael Johnson XC Challenge at Craig Ranch this past Saturday. The Varsity Girls led by Madie Zimmerman and Rachel Crane set the tone early, as the Varisty Girls placed second in the 4A division just behind Regional rivals, McKinney High. The JV girls were NOT to be out done, as Wakeland had the top four finishers in their division: Baylee Hendrixson, Abby Patchett, Monquie Flores, and Anna Eubank, which helped them clinch the first place team trophy. The entire Varsity Boys team was back together, which helped them secure the second place finish in their division. Daniel Rodriguez, Seth Elliott, and Peter Levebvre all finished in the Top 10 for the Wolverines. The JV Boys also wanted a piece of the action, with Turner Pool finishing second and Spencer Gray placing eleventh, which help them bring home a runner-up tropy as well. The Runnin' Wolverines will be back in action this Saturday at Lake Park on Lake Lewisville for their last tune-up before the District Meet on October 28th. Come out and support, races begin at 8am.
9.25.10 - Despite a light drizzle and muddy terrain, Maddie Zimmermann brought home the gold by winning the Varsity Girls 4A race at the Flower Mound Marcus Invitational this past Saturday at Copperas Branch Park on Lake Lewisville. This is the second time this year that Zimmermann has been the top finisher in her division. The JV Girls ran their best races of the year, and it showed by winning the JV Girls 4A Division. The top five finishers for the JV, all finished in the Top 20 of their division, which is an amazing accomplishment. The Varsity Boys faced some of the toughest competition in the state by running in the Varsity Boys 5A division. Daniel Rodriguez finished in the Top 50, while Pete Levebvre, Cameron Wilk, and Zach Herlin all ran personal best. The JV Boys competed in the Varsity 4A race, with Spencer Gray finishing in the Top 60. The Runnin' Wolverines will be off this weekend, but will be back in action on Saturday, October 9th at the Michael Johnson XC Challenge at Craig Ranch in McKinney. Races begin at 8am, so come and support your Wakeland Cross Country team!
9.18.10 - Cross Country stalwarts Madie Zimmermann, Rachel Crane, and Maddie Lundberg all finished in the top ten this past Saturday at the Lake Highlands Cross Country Invitational. The second place finish helped them secure an illustrious position just a few steps behind legendary Cross Country coach, Sam Reiter, and his Frisco High Raccoonnettes. The Cross Country cross-town rivalry is really starting to heat up between the two teams, who are setting the table for a fascinating showdown at the District Meet, which looms just weeks away. Seth Elliott, Daniel Rodriguez, and Cameron Wilk all made a strong showing by finishing in the top 50 in the Varsity Boys 4A/5A division. The Liberty Redhawks were the only team that finished in front of Wakeland from District 9/4A. Madelaine Borg and Turner Pool medaled in the JV divisions.
9.10.10 - Madie Zimmerman amazed spectators at the Keller Sports Complex on Friday morning by out running the competition to take 1st place in the Varsity Girls 5A race. She also had help from fellow teammates; Maddie Lundberg, who placed third, and Rachel Crane, who placed eighth, which helped seal the deal for the 1st place team trophy. In addition, Daniel Rodriguez, Seth Elliott, Cameron Wilk, and Zach Herlin all finished in the top 40 to help the Varsity Boys make a strong showing in the Boys 5A race. The JV girls ended the day by placing 4th with a strong race from Sonya Booker, and the JV Boys placed 12th with a strong race from Antonio Arias. The Wolverines will be back in action next week at Norbuck Park in Dallas next Saturday as they compete in the Lake Highlands Cross Country Invitational.
9.3.10 - Once again, Madie Zimmerman showed that she is a force to be reckoned with as she placed 2nd overall in the Varsity Girls 2-mile Friday morning at the 1st annual Saginaw High School Cross Country Invitational. In addition, Maddie Lundberg was close behind as she medaled by placing 4th. For the Varsity Boys, Daniel Rodriguez was back in action, as he just came off an injury suffered during the summer. He made a strong showing by medaling at the 15th spot. Wolverine newcomer, Cameron Wilk just missed out on the medal podium by finishing 19th. Morgan Altieri finished 7th in the JV Girls 2-mile, and Antonio Arias was the first Wolverine to cross the finish line in the JV Boys 3-mile at the 23rd spot. The Runnin Wolverines will be back in action next week at the Keller Sports Complex, as they will be competing in the 7th Annual Keller Fossil Ridge Cross Country Invitational.
11.28.09 - Maddie Zimmerman had an amazing race, she finished 10th place with at time of 11:39. Maddie also received a medal for finishing 10th and was an All-State Runner. Maddie worked hard during the race, with about 200 yards to go there was a tough hill and Maddie gained a lot of ground on other runners. This just shows how tough she is with that kind of finish.
11.02.09 - Two girls qualify for the regional meet in Arlington next week. Maddie Zimmerman won district with a time of 11:46. She ran a great race and show a lot of courage in hold off some really good runners from McKinney, McKinney North and Frisco. Our other regional qualifier is Maddie Lundberg she placed 6th place overall in a time of 12: 32. She and a girl from Frisco High battle each other for almost the whole race, which can be very pressuring and Maddie did a good job of holding her off. Also both of these times where awesome for these girls considering that the course was extremely muddy. The bitter part was finishing 6th place as a team, we where hoping to get 3rd as a team and go to regional's as team but that did not happen. We where missing our number 3 girl that probably would have put us in that third spot but she became ill on Tuesday night. Those are the things that happen in all sports. But the girls ran hard and competed well so I was proud of them. Thanks.
Cross Country Boys: The varsity and jv boys finished 5th at the district meet.
10.30.09 - For a freshman who started the season in the junior varsity ranks, Wakeland cross country runner Maddie Zimmerman sure made a name for herself Wednesday at the District 9-4A Championships at Myers Park in McKinney.
Zimmerman won the girls individual championship by beating runner-up Alexis Mason of McKinney North by nine seconds, and is one of two runners from Wakeland advancing to the regional meet.
Liberty sophomore Brady Turnbull matched the effort by winning the boys division with a two-mile time of 16:47.8 to hold off Centennial senior Soren Thompson by a full 30 seconds. With four runners in the top 10, including Joshua West, Michael Daniels and Nick Capps, the Redhawks dethroned the 2008 champion Titans for the top team spot, forcing Centennial to settle for second. McKinney grabbed the final regional team berth on the boys side behind a third-place finish from Cameron Vernier – all individuals in the top 10 and teams in the top three qualify for regionals.
Frisco’s Cameron Gifford is the lone Raccoon that will make a regional appearance after finishing sixth with a time of 17:45.8. Wakeland’s Daniel Rodriguez was four seconds back of Capps in 11th place, narrowly missing out on prolonging his season.
There were few surprises on the girls side. For the third year in a row, the Lady Raccoons pulled away to win the district championship as all seven varsity runners placed in the top 20. Jessica Rodriguez, Kristen Matulis and Kerri Matulis all finished in the top 10.
“It was a good day,” FHS head coach Sam Reiter said. “It was pretty much what I expected.”
Frisco is the only Frisco ISD girls team moving on, and will be joined by McKinney and McKinney North, which placed second and third, respectively. Individually, Centennial freshman Bronwyn Broswell claimed fifth in 12:29.3, three seconds in front of Wakeland’s Maddie Lundberg, who will join Zimmerman at regionals.
The Lady Redhawks failed to get anyone out as No. 1 runner Cameron Stoker took 12th in 12:57. Clarice Dyson, Dea Satrio, Keri Kaviani and Stephanie Wang each placed in the top 25 as Liberty finished one slot behind Centennial in fifth. The Lady Wolverines settled for sixth ahead of Sherman and Denison.
The meet was originally scheduled for Thursday but bumped up a day because of fears the course would get even worse with continued rains. The area has received a dozen inches of rain this month, as could be seen by puddles of standing water in various places along the course and small streams in other spots.
“We knew it was going to be pretty sloppy,” McKinney girls coach Clay Davis said. “The kids maneuvered it pretty well. I thought they did really good with that.”
10.18.09 -We had our best meet of the year this week at Cedar Hill. All seventeen runners ran their fastest times of the year with several runners setting personal records. I know that will give us confidence as we prepare for the District Meet on Oct 29th.
10.4.09 - Great job this weekend. It was good to see us compete as hard as we did. Five of our ten runners set personal records for the season. We finished 7th in the 5A-4A varsity division.
9.27.09 - Boys: Good meet this week. The Varsity finished 10th and the JV finished 9th. The complete results are at http://www.runontexas.com/Results/2009/2ndMarcusXC967/MarcusXCMenu.htm. It was good to see many of the runners fun thier fastest time of season. The JV will have a meet Saturday morning at Carrollton Christian, while the Varsity will be off Saturday. Tuesday practices will now be at Wakeland. It is too dark when practice begins to run at Warren Park. Girls: The girls ran great this weekend! Haley Lyons was our number one runner going 12:53. She was really excited about running under 13:00. I was proud of her. Many of our girls ran some of their fasted times, it was a good course for fast times. The Altieiri girls ran well, they are cousins and our freshman so they have really been a good addition to our team. On the JV side Madison Lohden ran a PR and Micheala Bessel also ran a PR (Personal Best) by a minute and half. We did have a tough week on the injury side, Maddie Zimmerman broke her wrist in soccer, Maddie Lundberg was sick and so was Jennifer Perry. All three of those girls have been Varsity runners for me and our a big part of our team. We will look forward to getting them back when we can.
9.20.09 - Boys: Great job this week on a difficult course and tough conditions with all of the rain this past week. The varsity boys finished 3rd in the 4A division with Daniel (1st), Wilson (11th) and Zach (19th) medaling by finishing in the Top 20. The complete results for the race this week can be found at http://www.racechiptiming.com/ by clicking on results and finding Boyd Cross Country. Girls: The girls ran great this weekend. We where at McKinney Boyd Invitational at Myers Park. It was a tough course with two pretty big hills in it. Even with these hill we had many of the girls run their fastest times. I was really proud of all of them. We finished 2nd place as a team in the girls 4A race the only team beating us was Highland Park second team. They ran their first team in the 5A race. We beat some good team that we will see later in the year so I was really excited about that. Maddie Zimmerman won the race in a time of 11:56. She had a great race! We finished 5 girls in the top 20. With Maddie Lundberg coming in 12th, Haley Lyons 15th place, Amanda Altieri 17th place, Tiffany Latil 14:07 and then our sixth runner Tailore Carter came in 22nd place. Attached is all of the girls times from this weekend.
9.6.09 - Boys: Great job Friday afternoon at the Carrollton Parkway Championship. The boys had an outstanding meet especially considering we had a taxing workout on Thursday and we were running in the heat of the day. The results show that we finished first, but that is incorrect. Princeton's #3 runner was scored with their 2nd team. Girls: Had a great meet this past Friday in Carrollton! The girls really competed considering it was very hot and it bein gafter school. Maddie Zimmerman won the meet in 12:29. That is her second victory this year. Maddie Lundberg also had a really good meet for her first one coming in second for the team and looked really strong. Even one of our girls named Shelbi Dickerson help a girl from the other team back to the starting line after the girl had twisted her ankle. I was really proud of her in choosing to do that. I have attached the results from the meet.
8.31.09 - Boys: Great job this week. Our home course is very difficult and I thought everyone ran well. We had 5 runners make the Top 20 Times of all time for the Frisco Invitational with Daniel Rodriguez running the fastest time ever. Girls: We had a great first meet! The girls got 2nd place in the 2 mile race. However many of the top teams ran in the girls 5k race. Still very proud of the girls. Maddie Zimmerman won the 2 mile race in 12:09 and Haley Lyons got 4th place in 13:36. Great to have two girls in the top ten.