The Lady Knights are not done running yet.
After a fourth-place finish at district prevented the team from advancing to regionals last year, Harker Heights would not be denied a trip to Lubbock again.
At last week’s District 8-6A meet, the Lady Knights produced a third-place showing, propelling them into Monday’s Region I-6A meet, where they will race for a spot at state.
Led by Jasmine Early’s silver-medal performance, Harker Heights finished with 84 points to place behind five-time defending champion Belton (34) and Waco Midway (70). Early posted a time of 18 minutes, 53.25 seconds — less than eight seconds behind individual champion Abigail Cargile (18:46.07), who paced four top-10 finishers for the Lady Tigers.
Julia Arey followed Early for the Lady Knights, completing the course at Waco’s Heart of Texas Soccer Complex in 20:32.48 to place 16th. Annika Faar (20th, 20:42.59), Grace Wallace (21st, 21:07.55), and Aleya Johnson-Rudino (25th, 21:28.37) rounded out Harker Heights’ scoring.
Natalie Seib (30th, 21:39.31) and Raquel Hatton (43rd, 23:29.64) also competed for the Lady Knights, but their points did not count toward the team total.
The regional meet will take place Monday at Lubbock’s Mae Simmons Park, where the top four teams and the top 10 individuals who are not on a qualifying team advance to the upcoming state meet.
While the Knights were unable to earn a regional berth as a team, they will be represented.
With a seventh-place showing as an individual, Ronnie Ramthum qualified for regionals, posting a time of 16:20.97 at the district meet.
A mere 10 points prevented Ramthum’s teammates from joining him as Harker Heights (82) finished fourth, while Midway claimed third place with 72 points. Ellison (35) dethroned the two-time defending champion Panthers, and Belton placed second with 45 points.
Ryan Mittag followed Ramthum in the team standings, delivering an 11 th -place showing with a time of 16:26.35, while Luke Lawhorn (13th, 16:38.40), Malik Goodrich (24th, 17:27.42) and Ethan Thomas (27th, 17:32.70) completed the Knights’ scoring.
Angelo Quintero (29th, 17:42.81) and Andres Garza (37th, 18:23.59) also raced for Harker Heights.
The competition was even stiffer in the junior varsity races.
The second-place Knights (46) finished five points behind champion Ellison, while the Lady Knights (99) edged Copperas Cove by just two points to claim third place behind Belton (18) and Midway (53).
Jalen Flowers (4th, 17:53.59) recorded the Knights’ top time, while teammates P.J. Labeach (8th, 18:05.62), Matthias Nero (9th, 18:06.32), Isiah Joseph (10th, 18:12.38) and Ryan Chamberlain (15th, 18:29.79) followed.
For the Lady Knights, J’Vanae Deshone led the way with a 13th-place time of 22:29.22, and each of her teammates crossed the finish line within 95 seconds of each other.
Dayshanae Lowe (23:25.34) was 19th, Elaina Marks (21:21.92) and Julia Alvarez (24:42.19) finished 21 st and 22nd, respectively, andMichaela Tipton (25:29.15) placed 24 th overall.