What better place could there be to make history than at Dinosaur Valley State Park?
The Glen Rose High School girls earned the 8-4A cross country team championship on Oct. 12 when the Lady Tigers edged out defending champion Alvarado by one point on the 3,200-meter course laid out just inside the entrance to the park.
School officials said it is believed to be the first time a GRHS squad has won first place as a team in district cross country. The Lady Tigers had 47 points, while runner-up Alvarado finished with 48. Stephenville was third with 67.
GRHS freshman twin sisters Jocelyn Mims (12;08.80) and Alexis Mims (12:46.90) took second and fifth place, respectively, on the 3,200-meter course.
Alvarado was again led by defending state champion Emily Garcia, who is a sophomore. She won with a time of 11:48.46.
“In this district, this is amazing,” said GRHS girls coach Ramsey Ghazal, referring to how strong the District 8-4A cross country competition really is. “If this is not the best district in the state, it’s the top one in the region.
“I’m extremely happy. Jocelyn beat a girl that beat her last week (in Stephenville). Alexis beat two girls that had beat her. It takes a team effort. I’m proud of every girl. That first one is the hardest.”
GRHS took fifth among the varsity boys in the seven-team district. The boys division was won by Waxahachie Life with 36 points, followed by Stephenville with 66 and Midlothian Heritage with 73. The Tigers had 127 points, trailing fourth-place Alvarado’s mark of 74 on the boys’ 4,820-meter district course.
The top three teams in district advance to the Monday, Oct. 23 regional meet in Lubbock, where the Lady Tigers will compete in the Region I-4A field at Mae Simmons Park.
Two other Lady Tigers earned individual medals for finishing in the top 10 — Avery Turner (12:54.47) in seventh place and Breanna Baker (13:13.96) 10th. Elizabeth Gutierrez (14:06.50) was 23rd, Laura Ogletree (14:14.36) 27th and Ashlyn Williams (14:59.05) 34th.
For the GRHS boys, Orrin Miller (17:21.61) was 12th, just two places from earning an individual berth in the regional meet. Also for the Tigers, Colby Pounds (17:50.27) finished 20th, Carson Osborne (18:18.89) 26th, Dristan Cathey (18:34.15) 30th, and Jett Gould (20:54.60) 39th.
GRHS boys cross country coach Gregger Yeager said that was the personal-best time for Miller, who is a sophomore.
“With the right training, he’s setting himself up for success the next two years,” Yeager said. “Last year we were seventh out of seven teams. As a team, we certainly improved.”
Miller said, “I was trying hard, giving it all I’ve got. I didn’t leave anything out there.”
The girls junior varsity team was fourth overall behind team champion Stephenville. The JV Lady Tigers were paced by America Gutierrez and Salma De Reza De Loera, who finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
The GRHS JV boys did not have the minimum of five runners to place in the team standings, but their top finisher was Mason Daniels, in 17th place.