By BRAD KEITH
GLEN ROSE (October 17, 2016) — Stephenville is the only school in 8-4A to advance both its varsity boys and girls cross country teams from district to regionals.
The Yellow Jackets placed second and the Honeybees third in the district meet at Dinosaur Valley State Park Saturday. The boys were seven points out of first place but seven points within the regional cut. The girls safely qualified for regionals by 22 points.
“I’m extremely proud of the kids. We competed in a tough district today, tougher than in the last couple years,” said Stephenville head coach Kristi Mayes. “We fell short of winning district but we’re ready to advance to regionals and then to state.”
The Jackets scored 59 points to finish behind only Waxahachie Life with 52. Midlothian Heritage claimed the final team berth at regionals with 62 points, while Alvarado just missed out with 66.
Leading the Jackets was silver medalist Lane Rust in second, while Christian Brown and Luis Carrillo came in together in 10th and 11th, followed shortly by Gilberto Garcia in 14th. Jesus Medrano placed 22nd to close out the team scoring. Displacing other runners was Angel Luna in 26th and Gustavo Vasquez in 31st.
The Honeybees scored 70 points, beating out Midlothian Heritage, 92 points, for the final regional spot. Alvarado raced away with the district title with just 26 points, while Glen Rose was second with 61.
Leading the Bees was Anahi Rivas in fourth place. Elena Balderas was 12th, Emily Kirbo 14th, Mattie Stephens in 18th and Avery Forehand in 26th. Displacing runners were Macayla McCann in 32nd and Victoria LaDuque in 33rd.