John Cooper Sports: Dragon Cross Country Boys Take First At Invitational

By: Lynn Boeding
| Published 09/10/2023


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Results from the week of September 4

Dragon Cross Country Boys Take First At Invitational


9/9 at Run The Dog Pound Invitational, Magnolia High School

Boys 1st place • Girls 3rd place

Coach George Dohner: Dragon cross country teams ran in Magnolia on Saturday, in the annual "Run the Dog Pound" Invitational. Cooper was the only private school team competing in a talented 5A and 6A public school meet. The boys ran outstanding, finishing first place while the girls team had another solid performance finishing third place.

Both the teams had some kids really step up and run well. Grey Mendenhall and Alexis Seymour continue to lead the team in meets. In the first 5k of the season, Grey Mendenhall finished seventh for the boys varsity, while Alexis Seymour finished 11th for the girls.

The boys ran in a nice tight pack placing six runners in the top 18 in a race with 92 runners.

The girls team had breakout races from Tahira King, Emma Locht, Lexi Fitz Sullivan and Abby Zubay. Milla Signorelli would place in the top 15 for the second week in a row.

The team will take off next week from racing as they prepare for a big meet in Arkansas.

Girls Results

11th • Alexis Seymour 20:40

12th • Tahira King 20:41

13th • Milla Signorelli 21:07

22nd • Emma Locht 22:00

34th • Lexi Fitz Sullivan 22:54

35th • Abby Zubay 23:00

Boys Results

7th • Grey Mendenhall 16:31

9th • Aditya Pakal 16:48

10th • Walter Day 16:58

15th • Jacob Bailey 17:12

17th • Nathan Montes 17:21

18th • Ryan Taylor 17:22

Next up for Dragon Cross Country

September 23 at Woodlands Christian Meet, 8 a.m.

September 30 at the Chili Pepper Festival at the University of Arkansas, 7 a.m.

October 7 at St. John’s Maverick Ramble, 8 a.m.

October 21 at SPC South Zone Championships, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, 8 a.m.


9/5 at St. Pius X • 3-1 W
Coach Courtney Hunnicutt: The Dragons traveled down to Houston to take on St. Pius X in their home gym. Cooper came out on top in the first set but lost a bit of their fire and dropped a close second set. After a battle in the third set, the Dragons came out on top to take a 2-1 lead in the match! The fourth set was all Dragons as the team took a commanding 25-12 set to close out the match and travel back home with a Win.

Go Dragons!

Next up for Dragon Volleyball:

September 12 vs. St. Thomas Episcopal, 5:30 p.m.

September 26 vs. Duchesne*, 5:30 p.m.

September 29 at St. Andrews Episcopal*, 6 p.m.

September 30 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal*, 9:30 a.m.

October 3 vs. Houston Christian*, 5:30 p.m.

October 5 vs. Kinkaid*, 5:30 p.m. Dig Pink

October 12 at St. John’s*, 5:30 p.m.

October 19 vs. Episcopal High School*, 6 p.m.

October 26 vs. Awty*, 6 p.m.


9/8 at St. Mark’s School* • 15-8 L

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

The course has been bumpy, unpaved, and overgrown, and the Dragons have found themselves at zero and three following a weather-shortened loss to St. Marks of Dallas Friday night 15-8. The Dragons moved around the field well on offense with their new ground game leading the charge, but just as in the weeks past they found it difficult to finish with scores. Sophomore RB Colton Rhoden rushed the ball well and helped open up the pass game letting junior WR Skylar Loggins shine with four catches for over 80 yards. It’s the same old story, the same old song and dance when it comes to the Dragon defense. Playmakers like junior LB Byrce Weatherholt and sophomore LB Colton Rhoden were around the ball all night coming up with stop after stop. The Cooper D stood on its head allowing less than 200 total yards of offense on the night. The Dragons now roll into a shortened week to face off with their first district foe in the Greenhill Hornets. Things are not as the Dragons want them, and the story does not read the way the Dragons want it to read; but as they say, “if you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” –Coach Daniel Lewis

Next up for Dragon Football:

September 14 vs. Greenhill School*, 7 p.m.

September 22 at Oakridge School*, 7 p.m.

September 29 vs. Cistercian Prep*, 7 p.m. • homecoming

October 6 at Fort Worth Country Day*, 7 p.m.

October 13 vs. Houston Christian*, 7 p.m. Senior Night

October 20 at Trinity Valley School*, 7 p.m.


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