Glen Rose High School freshman Jocelyn Mims gets her chance at a Class 4A girls state cross country title on Saturday in Round Rock.
Mims qualified with her performance on Oct. 23 in the Region I-4A meet held in Lubbock, where she placed 11th overall, but was fifth among individuals not on a state-qualifying (top four) team.
She recorded a time of 12:32.11.
The Class 4A girls race is scheduled to start at 2:40 p.m. Saturday, at Old Settlers Park.
The GRHS girls had advanced to the regional meet as a team after winning their first district team title since 2002. The other members of the team were (in order of their regional finish) Avery Turner, Bree Baker, Alexis Mims, Liz Gutierrez, Laura Ogletree and Ashlyn Williams.
GRHS girls cross country coach Ramsay Ghazal said that Jocelyn Mims was running between third and fourth place in the pack at the regional meet until the final 50 yards.
“I think if she runs well at state, she can be in the top 10 to 15,” Ghazal said. “That’s the goal she set for herself. She was 11th at the regional meet, but only 2 or 3 seconds off being fourth.”
Although she’s just a freshman, Ghazal said Mims may have felt more pressure at the regional meet than she will at state.
“I think she had a lot more nerves at regional,” he said. “She really has nothing to lose. She’s looking forward to it.”
Ghazal said he cut down Mims’ practice time this week to make sure she has “fresh legs” for the state competition and can “relax and have fun.”