Competing on its home course, Gatesville delivered a pair of top-three finishes.
More importantly, the Hornets extended their seasons.
Led by Jordan Brock, Gatesville’s girls cross country team finished second overall at the District 17-4A meet Monday morning, while the boys placed two runners in the top 10 en route to claiming third place as a team.
Brock, who advanced to the state track and cross country meets last year as a sophomore, was the squad’s top finisher, placing second individually with a time of 13 minutes, 6.1 seconds, as her teammates each crossed the finish line within one minute of each other.
Cassidy Norwood completed the two-mile course in 13:58.1 for eighth overall, while Christina Graham (14:04.9) was 11th and Kiana Taff finished one spot later, placing 12th with a time of 14:13.1. Mickey Saye rounded out the Hornets’ scoring, posting a 19th-place time of 14:50.6. Selenia Santosky (22nd, 15:00.0) also competed for the Hornets.
As a result, Gatesville finished with 48 points — 14 more than champion China Spring. Waco Connally was third with 75 points, while Lorena (82) and Robinson (102) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
The top three teams advance to the Region III-4A meet, which will be held Oct. 26 at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Gatesville’s boys team will also be in attendance and competing for a trip to the state meet.
Paced by Rhett Gore (4th, 17:39.4) and Nick Anderson (8th, 18:05.9), the Hornets accumulated 70 points as they raced along the five-kilometer course, beating out Connally (88) and Lorena (112) for the final regional berth.
Horacio Briseno was the third Gatesville harrier to finish, placing 13th with a time of 18:46.4, and teammate Baylee Ivy was not far behind, posting a time of 19:21.7 to earn 20th overall. Riley McLure (20:33.8) rounded out the team’s scoring with a 29th-place showing.
Kolton Zahirniak (34th, 21:21.5) and Aaron James (37th, 22:57.8) also raced for the Hornets.
Robinson won the team championship with 25 points, beating out second-place China Spring (55).
At regionals, the top four teams and the top 10 individuals not on a qualifying team advance to state. The state meet will be held Nov. 7 at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park.