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High school cross country - District 24-3A

Brazos, East Bernard punch ticket to regionals

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WALLIS — Many of the teams in District 24-3A had previously competed on the course at Brazos High School earlier this season for the annual Brazos Invitational. The September event proved to be a preview of the continued domination from the East Bernard and Brazos cross country teams.

Both area teams qualified for the Region III-3A meet, while each had a top finisher in the girls and boys varsity meet respectively.

In the girls’ two-mile race, junior Esmeralda Garcia won the event with a time of 13 minutes and 1.4 seconds. Garcia’s sister, Rubi, finished close behind in fourth place with a time of 13:59.9.

East Bernard took six of the 10 spots to win the team title with 29 points, followed by Brazos in second with 47 points, Boling (76) and Van Vleck (82).

Senior Samantha Rabius finished fourth (13:50.5) to lead the Brahmarettes times followed by senior Emma Alexander in fifth (14:00.6), freshman Lily Alexander in sixth (14:04.09), sophomore Abby Hudgins in 7th (14:14.7), sophomore Anna Witte in ninth (14:21.5) and freshman Ashlynn Lemos in ninth (14:21.5). Sophomore Kadnece Hernandez (14:54.0) rounded out the East Bernard times with 14:54.0 for 10th place.

The Cougarettes had three more runners in the top 20 including sophomore Henise Hauer (14:46.8) in 11th, senior Makinzy Kneip (15:25.7) in 15th and freshman Lily Bertrand in 16th place (15:31.5).

Junior Gracie Arteaga 16:32.9 completed the Brazos times with a 23rd-place finish.