Cross country teams from across the state will descend on Old Settlers Park in Round Rock this Saturday for the 2019 UIL Cross Country State Championships.
Area teams represent a large contingent of runners that includes Travis, Foster, Fulshear, Needville, East Bernard and Brazos.
The lone Lady Tiger, senior Katherine Straub, is making her third trip to the state meet.
Straub has a clear goal for her final run at state.
“Time-wise, I definitely want to run in the low 18 (minutes) or break 18 minutes,” Straub said.
Straub posted a time of 19 minutes and 23.40 seconds for 10th place at the Region III-6A championships late last month in Huntsville.
Also at the Region III races were Foster seniors Madelyn Ellis and Macey Ellis. The twins both finished in the top 20 at regionals with Madelyn in fourth place (19:12.60) and Macey in 15th (20:10.50).
Both the girls and head coach Julie Yeager were overjoyed by both making the trip to Round Rock.
“We just have to stay healthy and maintain all the work we put in,” Yeager said. “It’s a short gap from regionals to state. We’ll try to stay sharp and fresh.”
The Ellis sisters are not the only runners representing Lamar Consolidated ISD at state.
Junior Briana Roberson will represent Fulshear in the girls 4A run after she finished in eighth place at the Region IV-4A championship with a time of 12:19.63.
Fellow Charger, senior Joey Burrhus, was 15th at regionals with a time of 17:11.59. He will be running the boys 4A race.
Needville will have one runner in the girls 4A run with Tristan Drury. The freshman finished in 16th place at regionals with a time of 12:37.88.
The smaller area schools have a shot at the team medal stand.
The East Bernard girls team won the Region III-3A championship in dominant fashion.
The Brahmarettes will have to clear the likes of Wall, Yoakum and Holliday to get on the medal stand on Saturday.
Bo Badger and Colby Kurtz will also be running for East Bernard in the boys 3A race.
Wallis Brazos has the same breakdown with the girls’ team qualifying to compete for the team title and Zachary Cortez running in the boys’ race.
The weather in Round Rock is expected to be clear after rain closed the course for warm-up on Friday. The temperature is expected to be the mid-50s.