Abilene High's Villa finishes 14th at Class 6A state cross country meet

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Abilene High's Andruw Villa, left, chases Plano West's Hudson Heikkinen on the final stretch during the Region I-6A cross country meet Oct. 25 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. Villa finished 14th at the state meet after taking second at the regional meet.
Abilene High's Andruw Villa, left, chases Plano West's Hudson Heikkinen on the final stretch during the Region I-6A cross country meet Oct. 25 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. Villa finished 14th at the state meet after taking second at the regional meet.

ROUND ROCK - Abilene High’s Andruw Villa finished 14th at the Class 6A boys state cross country meet Saturday at Old Settlers Park.

Villa, the highest-finishing sophomore in the 5-kilometer race, covered the course in 15 minutes, 31.5 seconds. All the finishers ahead of him were a senior or junior.

It was Villa's second consecutive year to run in the state meet. He finished 119th out of 120 runners last year in 19:32.04,

Austin Vandegrift junior Kevin Sanchez won the state title in 14:53.4, followed by Plano West senior Hudson Heikkinen – the Regio I-6A champion, in 15:04.9. Katy Seven Lakes’ senior Ruben Rojas was third (15:08.5).

AHS freshman Mason Murray finished 33rd in the girls 5K (18:40.2), followed by sister Marin Murray, a sophomore, at 42nd (18:51.1). Both were running in their first state meet.

Lewisville Flower Mound senior Natalie Cook won the race (16:32.4). Prosper senior Aubrey O’Connell was second (17:28.5), and Prosper junior Shewaye Johnson was third (17:32.0).

Flower Mound won the girls team title (41 points), followed by Prosper (109) and The Woodlands (120).

Southlake Carroll won the boys title (65). The Woodlands was second (96), and El Paso Eastwood was third (132).

This article originally appeared on Abilene Reporter-News: Abilene High's Villa nabs 14th at Class 6A state cross country meet

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