Competing as a freshman in the Class 4A girls state cross country meet was “kind of scary” for Glen Rose High School freshman Jocelyn Mims, but her coach said the experience should only make her a better competitor next year.

Mims placed 49th out of 149 finishers last Saturday afternoon at Old Settlers Park in Round rock, posting a time of 12:43.46. She had qualified for the state meet when she placed 11th overall in the Region I-4A meet in Lubbock, but was fifth among the individuals who did not qualify as part of a team.

“It was kind of scary because I didn’t have anybody to stretch with,” Mims said. “It was exciting. I think I could have done better. I think I started really slow.”

Although she said it was “kind of sad” that she will “only have three more years” to try to win a state championship, GRHS cross country coach Ramsay Ghazal has plenty of optimism looking ahead to her future with the Lady Tigers.

“Jocelyn had a great year,” Ghazal said. “She led us to our first district title in 15 years, qualified for state and finished in the top 50.

“It was a good experience for her. She is not used to running in a crowd of other elite runners, so she will learn from this year’s state meet and come back stronger next year!”