Waxahachie High School distance runners Emma Curry and Emily Mackel finished high up among an elite field of track competitors at the Jan. 4-5 Texas A&M High School Classic. The ninth annual Texas A&M High School Classic featured 1,850 athletes in one of the nation’s largest high school indoor track meets.
The girls 1-mile race attracted 124 competitors and some of the state’s fastest runners, including several who ended their cross country seasons last fall by qualifying to compete at either Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) in Portland, Oregon or Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego.
WHS sophomore Curry finished in 12th place in the 1-mile with a time of 5:20. Her best time from the 2018 outdoor track season was 5:14 at the North Texas 1600 meet in Southlake and her outdoor WHS school record was 5:21. WHS senior Mackel finished with a 5:28 for 20th place, just off her best 2018 outdoor time of 5:24. The girls ran as individual competitors, not with WHS, which didn’t attend.
Bailey Goggans, a sophomore at Marble Falls High School who was competing for the Road Runner Run Club, won the 1-mile with a time of 5:04.02.
In the 2-mile, Mackel finished eighth of 50 runners with an 11:38.37, a personal record, and Curry finished ninth with a time of 11:38.84. Natalie Cook, a freshman at Flower Mound High School, won the 2-mile with a time of 10:51.59.
The Waxahachie girls track team’s first meet will be Feb. 15 at Waco Midway.