Sophomore Jocelyn Mims led the way for the Glen Rose High School girls cross country team on Sept. 21 in the Glen Rose Invitational at Dinosaur Valley State Park, winning the varsity girls division as the Lady Tigers earned third place in the team standings.
The GRHS Tigers also placed third in the boys team standings, behind Hillsboro and Class 5A Granbury. The top two girls teams were Godley and Granbury.
Mims finished the girls’ two-mile course with a winning time of 12:32.0. She finished well ahead of runner-up Reagan Maxwell of Godley (12:57.0).
Sophomore Colby Pounds was the top finisher for the GRHS varsity boys, taking sixth place overall with a time of 17:18.2. Pounds stumbled and fell early in the race, near the first turn, but was able to get up quickly and recover.
“I just got up real fast and kept running,” Pounds said. “Four kids passed me, but I got (caught) a couple of them. I was getting past someone but their foot caught mine and I tripped. It is what it is.”
The next finisher for the Tigers, junior Orrin Miller, turned in a remarkable performance to take eighth place overall (17:46.5). He did it despite losing a shoe about halfway through the boys’ three-mile course — but never stopped running until he crossed the finish line.
“The guy behind me stepped on the back of my foot,” Miller said. “I figured ‘I can’t let him beat me.’ I caught him.”
Most of the course was dirt, which was damp because of recent rainfall. But there were areas, including down the final stretch, where the competitors were running on rocky ground.
“It hurt, but I just toughed through it. I just kept going,” Miller said. “The theory is when you’re racing is you’ve got to keep going no matter what happens. I’m super happy with my finish. It was a great race.”
GRHS girls cross country coach Ramsay Ghazal said that Mims, who was a state qualifier last year as a sophomore, is gaining speed.
“She’s getting better every week,” Ghazal said. “Right now she’s got one of the top times in our region. Our district is always tough, but she’s one of the frontrunners. I’m happy with what we did.”
Ghazal noted that personal-best times were posted by Zaidey Mills (13:25.9, sixth place), Salma De Reza De Loera (13:30.9, 11th place), and Khloe Massey (15:41.8, 30th place).
“They don’t get enough recognition,” Ghazal said.
GRHS senior Laura Ogletree, who was a state qualifier as a freshman, was fourth among the Lady Tigers (14:15.5, 16th place).
Next for the Lady Tigers was Delaila Gomez (15:16.8, 22nd place) and Catherine Ogletree (15:21.4, 24th place), Laura’s younger sister.
The other varsity boys for GRHS were Carson Osborne (18:16.6, 11th place), Dristan Cathey (18:43.7, 15th place), and Gage Cathey (20:14.8, 26th place).
Mason Daniels gave Glen Rose a fourth-place finish in the junior varsity boys division, posting a time of 19:29.2.
Zitlalli Mascorro was the top finisher for GRHS in the girls JV division, finishing in 18th place with a time of 16:10.1.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers will compete Saturday, Sept. 29 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.