Cross-Country Advances To State


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Jewel Baer, Erika Couch, Ava Timmons, Brooke Latham, Tristyn Bentley, Cammie Mitchell, Courtney Latham Pose with thier state qualifier poster

Michael Clark, writer

The girls cross-country team made their mark in the UIL Regional Cross-Country meet, finishing fourth overall and securing a spot to compete as a team at the State Meet on Nov. 8-9 in Austin. This is the second consecutive year the girls team advanced to State. The boys team placed fifth narrowly missing the State cutoff. 

As well as the team, nine runners qualified to compete individually at the State Meet. Seniors Cammie Mitchell and Courtney Latham, junior Jewel Bear and sophomores Ava Timmons, Tristyn Bentley, Erika Couch, and Brooke Latham secured individual spots for the girls. Senior Branch Cox and sophomore Isaac McGill also qualified individually for the boys.

“Some of these regular season meets, they’re just practice meets but we still want to win,” Coach Ufford said. 

Branch Cox, Coach Woodward and Issac McGill

The teams dominated all practice meets leading up to UIL. At the Plainview ISD meet all varsity and JV teams placed first. They continued into their 2019 season with the McNeil Invitational, placing 42/88 in the Men’s 5000m Gold and 12/71 in the Women’s 5000m Gold. Sr. Branch Cox placed 12 out of 658 runners during the Men’s 5000m. At the Canyon Invitational, Cross-Country continued their streak, placing first in all but 5000m Girl’s Varsity where they placed second.

During the UIL competition, both boys and girls teams continued their success where they placed first in every run by a very considerable margin. Their first place wins advanced the team to the UIL Region Meet. 

“Kids are working hard, we’re proud of them, and it’s definitely a good team overall,” Coach Woodward said.