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* Gabbie Love won the overall race at the Southlake Carroll Invitational on Saturday

Southlake Girls Off To Flying Start, Kevin Sanchez Notches Big Win

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The Southlake Carroll girls, annually one of Texas' top teams, were off to a flying start on Saturday at their own meet, winning the own Southlake Carroll Invitational with an average of 18:19 and a total of 60 points. 

In many ways, it set the standard for 2020 in girls cross country. The average is currently US No. 1 in the MileSplit database; the Dragons also earned a 117 speed rating average between its top five. 

Perhaps it was a bit of a statement from the UIL Class 6A runner-ups from a season ago. 

From senior Kaylie Cox, who was third in 17:35.57, to the team's fifth-runner, Sylvia Schwedler, who was 25th in 18:57.79, the performance was a beautifully balanced debut, featuring a compression of 82 seconds. 

Colleyville Heritage's Gabbie Love won the overall race in 17:23.01, notching an impressive 135 speed rating, while Propser's Shewaye Johnson was second in 17:24.63 and earning an identical rating. 

Top 5 Teams At The Southlake Carroll Invite

1Southlake Carroll3+6+15+16+20 (23+25)1:22 1-5 Split | 18:19 Avg
2Austin Vandegrift9+11+18+22+260:46 1-5 Split | 18:45 Avg
3Colleyville Heritage1+5+19+33+35 (38+69)2:06 1-5 Split | 18:35 Avg
4Grapevine10+12+21+31+43 (48+60)1:19 1-5 Split | 19:00 Avg
5Prosper2+14+27+45+63 (65)2:59 1-5 Split | 19:04 Avg

Austin Vandegrift's Kevin Sanchez, meanwhile, made quick work in the boys race, winning in a personal best time of 15:05.71. 

The U.S. No. 2 time was the best performance of the weekend. 

Better yet, it was an incredible performance from Sanchez, a junior who was a top 10 finisher at the UIL Class 6A State Cross Country Championships in 2020.

Wylie's Nathanael Berhane was second in 15:10.96, while Grapevine's Trey Leathers was third in 15:13.09.

Much like the girls race, the boys of Southlake Carroll earned the overall victory with 108 points, while Denton was second with 152 and Prosper was third with 199.

The Top 10 Boys Finishers At The Southlake Carroll Invitational