Gatesville’s boys cross country team did everything but capture an individual gold medal.
Racing along their home course for the District 18-4A championship Monday, the Hornets dominated the field, accumulating 20 points — 38 fewer than second-place Robinson — to guarantee their season extends into regionals.
The impressive performance only lacked one thing — a first-place finish.
Gatesville’s five harriers occupied second- through sixth-place in the individual standings, finishing behind only Robinson junior Alex Speer, who completed the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 56.8 seconds.
Luis Macias, a sophomore, was the first Hornet to cross the finish line, earning a silver medal with a time of 17:32.7, while the remainder of the team finished within a 20-second window.
Jeffrey Tesar (3rd, 18:27.5), Miles Barnes (4th, 18:30.7), Ramon Medina (5th, 18:38.8) and Carol Martinez (6th, 18:47.1) rounded out the Gatesville quintet.
Waco La Vega (74) placed third, receiving the final regional berth. The top three teams and 10 individuals at district qualify for the upcoming Region III-4A meet Oct. 28 at Huntsville.
In the girls division, Gatesville also secured a spot a regionals, placing second as a team behind sophomore Tasha Thoms, who was the individual runner-up with a time of 12:39.4.
The Hornets tallied 42 points to finish sandwiched between champion Lorena (34) and Robison (72).
Katrina Thoms, a senior, also delivered a top-5 showing, completing the 2-mile course in 12:47.3, and the outings were complemented by freshman teammates Grace Penrod (11th, 13:06.8), Payton Armstrong (13th, 13:33.6) and Lacy Campos (15th, 13:51.5).
At regionals, the top four teams and the top 10 individuals who are not on a qualifying team advance to the state meet. State is Nov. 9 at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park.