The Brownwood Lady Lions will compete against the state’s elite, while six other Brown County runners will be gunning for medals as well at the UIL Cross Country State Meet at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock Saturday.
The Lady Lions will be making their second straight state appearance, and fourth in the history of the program. Brownwood, which finished third at the Region I-4A meet to qualify, placed 13th at state a year ago.
At the regional meet, Kyra Young led the Brownwood effort with a fourth-place time of 12:25.75 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).
The Lady Lions produced 111 points at regionals, just one point back of runner-up Alvarado (110).
“If we could finish top six, that would be awesome, but our ultimate goal is to finish No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3,” said Lady Lions first-year head coach Lana Heers following the regional meet.
Brownwood will run at 2:40 p.m. Saturday.
Zephyr will send the next largest contingent to state with three runners — two boys and one girl — competing in the Class A portion of the meet. Gabby Durbin, who finished fourth at the Region III-A meet, will be joined by Nicholas Moody and Thomas Terpening.
Durbin, who will be making her third straight state trip, placed fourth overall at regionals in a time of 12:25.34. 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.
The Bulldog duo will be joined by May Tiger junior Boone Allen in the Class A boys run.
Allen, at the Region II-A meet, was clocked at 18:11.01.
Durbin will run at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, while Moody, Terpening and Allen are set to compete at 11:40 a.m.
In Class 3A, Early Longhorn Ryan Hill is making his third state trip while Bangs’ Timothy Hall is back for the second time.
At the Region I-3A meet in Lubbock, 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.
Hill and Hall will run at 2 p.m. Saturday.