JCS SPORTS: Dragon Varsity Cross Country Teams Come Out On Top At First Meet

By: Lynn Boeding
| Published 09/13/2020

Dragon girls varsity cross country medalists: Katie Drake, Caitlin Lanigan, Abby Mendenhall, Rebecca Melin, Chloe Smith, Megan Day

THE WOODLANDS, TX -- The John Cooper School Results from the week of September 7

Dragon Varsity Cross Country Teams Come Out On Top At First Meet


9/12 at The Woodlands Christian Academy Cross Country Meet

Boys’ team first place • Girls’ team first place

The Cooper Cross Country teams were finally out competing on the courses again! Cooper traveled just a few traffic lights away to compete at the Woodland Christian Academy this weekend. Both Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity teams started their seasons off by bringing home the championship trophies. Coach George Dohner was thrilled with the performance. “We were just happy to be racing,” Dohner said. “That being said, we had some gutsy performances out there today. Seniors Will McDermott and Katie Drake both led our teams just like they do in practice.”

McDermott led the boys by winning the varsity 5K race, with a time of 16:30. He was followed by junior Vishnu Swaminathan in 4th, Zac Winton in 12th, Drew Wilkerson 16th and freshman Grey Mendenhall in 30th in his first high school race. “This group of boys had a good summer of training, which is impressive, as they had to do most of it on their own,” Dohner said.

The girls’ side, led by senior Katie Drake who finished 2nd place (13:10), put five runners in the Top 12 finishers. Drake was followed by Chloe Smith in 3rd, Megan Day in 5th, Rebecca Melin 7th, and Abby Mendenhall in 12th. Caitlin Lanigan also medaled by finishing in the Top 20. “We are really proud of this group of girls too. We are excited to see how these young ladies improve from here; especially now that we have a meet under our belts. And, bringing home three championship trophies ain’t a bad weekend,” Dohner said.

Next up for the Cooper Cross Country teams is a meet on September 26 at Providence Classical.

Boys Varsity – 1st Place Team Finish

Will McDermott,16:30 • 1st

Vishnu Swaminathan, 17:02 • 4th

Zac Winton, 18:18 • 12th

Drew Wilkerson, 18:38 • 17th

Grey Mendenhall, 19:14 • 22nd

Girls Varsity – 1st Place Team Finish

Katie Drake, 13:10 • 2nd

Chloe Smith, 13:15 • 3rd

Megan Day, 13:17 • 5th

Rebecca Melin, 13:40 • 9th

Abby Mendenhall, 13:50 • 12th

Next up for Dragon Cross Country:
Sept. 26 at Providence Classical


9/11 scrimmage vs. Houston Christian
-no results-

Next up for Dragon Football:
Sept. 18 scrimmage at St. Pius X, 7 p.m.


Next up for Dragon Volleyball:
Sept. 21 vs. Cypress Christian, 6 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. Northland Christian, 6 p.m.
Sept. 24 vs. Rosehill Christian, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 25-26 at FAST Tournament, FAST Volleyball complex

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