For the first time in six years, a program other than The Woodlands has won the Class 5A cross country state title.
Southlake Carroll cemented its place as the preseason favorite by scoring a state record 20 points and averaging 15:46 as a team to win the crown. The Dragons, who have yet to lose a meet this season, are now the top-ranked team in the latest POWERADE FAB 50. Five runners placed in the top 10, led by Nate Sullivan's fourth-place time of 15:40.30. The Woodlands finished fifth. On the individual side, Cypress Woods senior Craig Nowak captured the 5A crown with a time of 15:16.
In Class 4A, Boerne Champion finished atop the standings for the third time in four years by placing three runners in the top 25. Last year's champ, Cedar Park, finished second. Individually, junior Ryan Teel from Friendswood won gold with a time of 15:42.35.
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