Brown County is sending one team and six individuals to the UIL Cross Country State Championships at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on Saturday, Nov. 4.
The Brownwood Lady Lions placed third at the Region I-4A meet at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock Monday to clinch their second consecutive state berth.
Meanwhile, Early's Ryan Hill and Bangs' Timothy Hall turned in Top 10 performances at the Region I-3A event, also held at Mae Simmons Park Monday, to punch their tickets to Round Rock.
Zephyr Lady Bulldog Gabby Durbin came in fourth at the Region III-A meet in Grand Prairie and will be joined by Bulldog state qualifiers Nicholas Moody and Thomas Terpening.
Also, May Tiger Boone Allen secured a state berth as well with a Top 10 effort at the Region II-A meet in San Angelo.
Region I-4A meet
LUBBOCK — For the second time in as many years, and fourth time overall, the Brownwood Lady Lions will compete for the Class 4A cross country state championship.
The Lady Lions finished with 111 points, just one back of runner-up Alvarado (110) and 46 points off the pace of regional champion River Oaks Castleberry (65). Brownwood, coming off its fourth straight district championship and seventh in eight years, duplicated last year's third-place performance in Lubbock, but cut down its point total by 15.
“They were very motivated to get back to state, that's been our goal all year long,” said Lady Lions first-year cross country head coach Lana Heers. “Our saying this season has been battle, to fight and achieve something tenaciously, and that's what we were doing. We knew we had a chance of going back to state and we wanted to get back, be better and improve. Even though we got third, our times were still an improvement from last year.”
Kyra Young finished fourth in a time of 12:25.75 to pace Brownwood, followed by Darby Crysler (20th 12:51.73), Audrey Boren (26th, 13:01.63), Izzy Lawrence (30th, 13:14.69), Alex Fowler (31st, 13:16.19) and Trinity Buitron (35th, 13:20.61).
“Most of the girls improved on their times and we still have two weeks to prepare for state so I'm hoping our times are even better by then,” Heers said. “Last year they got 13th so one of our goals is placing better as a team. And we missed second place by one point to Alvarado and that's one of our motivations for state, finding those Alvarado girls and getting after them. If was could finish top six, that would be awesome, but our ultimate goal is to finish No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3.”
In boys action, Brownwood's Joe Gotsch placed 129th in a time of 19:13.92.
Region I-3A meet
LUBBOCK — Early's Ryan Hill is headed to Round Rock for a third consecutive year, and will be joined by district rival Timothy Hall of Bangs, who is making his second trip, as both placed in the Top 10.
Hill was clocked at 16:50.65 to place eighth, while Hall came in ninth place in a time of 16:54.96.
Last year at state, Hill, finished 22nd in a time of 16:44.01 while as a sophomore he placed 96th in a time of 18:34.22.
In Hall's trip to state in 2015, he came in 41st in a time of 17:49.36.
As a team, the Longhorns placed 19th with 473 points, as Tornillo (46), Presidio (108), Boyd (127) and Crane (138) moved on to state. Also competing for Early were Jeramiah Fowler (38th, 18:10.33), Colton Piri (136th, 21:27.03), Bryan Trowbridge (142nd, 21:46.98), Jim Fowler (149th, 22:18.89), Drew Bhatka (156th, 23:01.18) and Kevin Yebra (157th, 23:45.65).
Also for Bangs, Aleck Menzona finished 98th at regionals in a time of 19:38.58.
In girls regional action, Bangs' Kayleah Hall was the lone Brown County representative and finished in a time of 15:09.21, good for 69th place.
GRAND PRAIRIE — Zephyr's Gabby Durbin and Nicholas Moody are returning to state, and will be joined by teammate Thomas Terpening.
Durbin placed fourth overall at the Region III-A girls meet in a time of (12:25.34) to qualify for a third year in a row. Moody — who will be making his third state appearance in four years — was 17th (18:47.23) and Terpening was 22nd (19:05.06), but they ranked fifth and 10th amongst runners on non-qualifying teams to earn a trip to Round Rock.
Last year at state, Durbin came in 33rd with a then-personal best time of 13:13.28, while Moody was 29th, clocked at 18:03.35.
As a team, the Bulldogs finished ninth at Monday's regional meet. The rest of the Zephyr boys squad included Garit Dubin (49th, 20:13.2), Orin Kern (84th, 22:39.72), Robert Clark (85th, 22:40.33), Kye McClain (90th, 22:59.63) and Drew Reynolds (125th, 30:13.28).
The Blanket Lady Tigers were also at the regional meet, where they came in sixth as a team.
Competing for Blanket were Bailey Hood (31st, 14:31.75), Amanda Menchaca (38th, 14:54.42), Braylynn Roberts (45th, 15:13.12), Kenzie Tidwell (55th, 15:28.83), Abbigail Turner (64th, 15:49.78) and Penny Pedraza (72nd, 16:19.39).
In boys action, Blanket's Hector Castaneda (69th, 20:59.7) and Kolby Godfrey (124th, 24:50.42) were also regional participants.
Cumby Miller Grove (30 points), Blum (91), Lipan (96) and Satillo (171) advanced to state as teams on the girls side, as did Cumby Miller Grove (23 points), Saltillo (54), Sulphur Bluff (156) and Priddy (170) in boys action.
SAN ANGELO — May junior Boone Allen ranked eighth overall, and sixth among runners not on Region II-A state qualifying boys teams, to earn an individual berth in the UIL state meet.
Allen was timed at 18:11.01 to lead the charge for the 11th-place Tiger team. Also competing for the May boys were Preston Johnston (24th, 19:03.28), Daniel Salinas (77th, 20:34.51), Isidro Salinas (78th, 20:34.53), Dalton Self (95th, 20:57.59), Rory Bustamante (101st, 21:07.58) and Seth Johnston (118th, 22:07.82).
Cross Plains (94 points), Sanderson (109), Rankin (111) and Paint Rock (142) advanced to state as boys teams.
In girls action, the May Lady Tigers were eighth with 231 points, while the Brookesmith Lady Mustangs placed 19th with 475 points. State qualifying teams included Borden County (93), Roby (107), Garden City (129) and Sterling City (132).
Running for the Lady Tigers were Marilyn Infante (33rd, 14:10.46), Yadira Rodriquez (34th, 14:11.54), Melanie Murphree (38th, 14:13.32), Shaunda Guerrero (52nd, 14:32.5), Reagan Hardy (113th, 16:11.76), Lexi Fox (116th, 16:14.9) and Nevie Lord (130th, 16:31.33).
Lady Mustang regional competitors included Katie Harris (68th, 14:48.65), Khloe Brummett (69th, 14:48.98), Chyna Allgood (125th, 16:23.82), Sesily Morris (139th, 17:05.10), Laramie Nelson (142nd, 17:17.59), Karolina Rivas (154th, 18:50.97) and Whitley Been (155th, 18:52.71).