A trip to state is on the line.
After months of workouts and weeks of competitions, nine teams and seven individuals from the area are set to test their skills today at regional cross country meets across Texas, and an elite few will advance to the upcoming state championships.
In Class 6A, Ellison will look to earn a berth at state after dominating the boys division at the District 12-6A meet, cruising to a team title by 40 points with four runners placing in the top seven overall.
Led by senior Ikel Hernandez, who missed out on a district championship by less than a second, the Eagles hope to repeat the performance at today’s Region II-6A meet in Dallas. Belton and Temple will join them after finishing second and third, respectively, at district.
Additionally, district champion Gian Mikel Pulido, a Killeen High junior, will compete as an individual along with Shoemaker junior Jaylen Stringfellow and Harker Heights senior Luke Lawhorn.
The top four teams and top 10 individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the state meet Nov. 9 at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park.
In the girls division, Harker Heights and Belton will race for spots at state, while Copperas Cove, Killeen and Ellison combine to send four individuals.
Lady Bulldawgs senior Madisen Honea enters the race as district champion after winning the title by almost 30 seconds, and she will be joined the Lady Kangaroos duo of Abigail Brown, a junior, and freshman Michaela Mouton and Lady Eagles freshman Christian Batista.
Gatesville and Salado send both teams to Class 4A regional meets today.
The Hornets travel to Huntsville for the Region III-4A races following a one-sided championship for the boys at the District 18-4A meet, where they placed all five runners in the top six. The girls team possesses three freshmen but thrives behind sisters Katrina Thoms, a senior, and sophomore Tasha Thoms, who each qualified for state last season.
Salado junior Jaci McGregor looks to guide her team to state after reaching the stage individually in each of her first two seasons as the Lady Eagles race in the Region IV-4A meet in Corpus Christi.
Lampasas is joining them from District 27-4A, looking to improve on their seventh-place showing at last season’s regional meet.
In the boys division, Logan Rickey aims to return to state after making an individual appearance in 2018 as he paces the Eagles to round out the area’s regional qualifiers.
TODAY'S HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY
- 10:10 a.m. — Region IV-3A Meet, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
- 10:35 a.m. — Region III-4A Meet, Kate Barr-Ross Park, Huntsville
- 11 a.m. — Region II-6A Meet, Jesse Owens Sports Complex, Dallas
- 11 a.m. — Region IV-4A Meet, Texas A&M Corpus Christi