STEPHENVILLE — Glen Rose took second place in the varsity girls division, just four points behind District 8-4A rival Stephenville, on Oct. 4 in the Thrill of the Hill Invitational Cross Country Meet at Stephenville City Park.
Jocelyn Mims was the top finisher for the Lady Tigers in the 3,200-meter run, taking second place overall with a time of 12:48.15. Next was her sister Alexis Mims, fourth in 13:16.59.
The race came just over a week before the District 8-4A meet, which was held Thursday in Glen Rose. Results were not available by press time.
The Lady Tigers weren’t in top form in Stephenville, and the “hill” element in the Thrill of the Hill event didn’t help. The SHS squad sometimes practices on the course, while the Lady Tigers weren’t used to the hill challenge.
“Stephenville, you know they are going to run well,” said GRHS girls coach Ramsey Ghazal, whose team had finished ahead of Stephenville the last three times they competed in the same event. “They ran better than we did. We had a couple of girls who felt like they didn’t have a good race. We’ve got to get where we’re feeling good and we’re getting there. We’re competing. Avery Turner passed a couple of girls, and that gave us a shot but it wasn’t enough.”
Turner was the third Glen Rose runner to finish, taking 14th place in 14:04.48.
The Stephenville girls won with 39 points, while Glen Rose had 43.
Only three GRHS boys competed in the 5,000-meter varsity boys division.
Orrin Miller had the best finish for the Tigers, taking 16th place in 19:02.58. Next was Dristan Cathey, 43rd (20:02.32) and Carson Osborne, 45th (20:04.59).
The other varsity Lady Tigers in Stephenville were Breanna Baker, 15th (14:05.70) and Elizabeth Gutierrez, 17th (14:08.89).
Another strong district foe, Midlothian Heritage, finished third with 92 points, but was missing three of its five varsity runners, according to Ghazal.
The strength of the district can also be seen in the fact that Alvarado, which wasn’t in the Stephenville race, is the defending district champion and was fourth in the state last year. Ghazal said that, based on that, Alvarado may be the district favorite.