Cross Country goes to State

The Cross Country Team gathers for a group photo at the State Meet.

Photo courtesy of Coach Ufford

The Cross Country Team gathers for a group photo at the State Meet.

Piper Johnson, Writer

The Amarillo High Lady Sandies placed 5th at state and their head coach, Coach Kevin Ufford, was awarded the Texas Girls Coaches Association 5A-6A Coach of the year.

“The girls there were crazy good, and we did run our very best. We placed really high for such a tough competition and I couldn’t be prouder,” Cammie Mitchell said.

Collecting a total of 150 points, the Sandies made a great debut for going to state in a very long time. The last time the Lady Sandies went to state was 2001, so the fact that they even made it is such a huge celebration for not only the team, but for the school.

“We worked so hard for all this moment at state, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world, especially since I got to do it with my best friends,” Mitchell said.

State was such a fun experience for all the ladies running, and their coach winning the award made the experience even better. Their coach not only coaches cross country, he also coaches track. He puts in a lot of time and energy into the programs he coaches.

“I am so honored to get this award and all my hard work as a coach has paid off. I wouldn’t trade these athletes for anything, they all have such good attitudes and make my coaching job very enjoyable,” Coach Ufford said.