GLEN ROSE — Glen Rose sophomore Jocelyn Mims capped off a spectacular cross country season Saturday with a 64th-place finish in the Class 4A Girls Cross Country meet at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
Mims traversed the 3,200-meter course in 12 minutes, 48.26 seconds. She finished with a 6:24 pace, after completing the first mile in 6:12. Mims was just over a minute behind Llano’s Anna Casey, who won the state championship with the time of 11:39.78.
“Jocelyn had a great season by medaling in many meets,” Glen Rose cross country coach Ramsey Ghazal said.
Mims was Glen Rose’s top finisher in every race this year, and she finished in the top three five times. She was the top medalist at the Glen Rose meet at Dinosaur Valley State Park (12:31. She finished second at the Live Oak Classic (12:45), the Burleson Elk Run (12:50.13) and Keene with a school-record time of 12:09.
She also placed third at the Cowtown Classic with the time of 13:28.69.
“Her biggest change from last year to this year was her ability to change paces during a race,” Ghazal said. “At regionals and state, she was able to pass a handful of runners down the stretch. She was never able to do that last year.”
At the district meet, Mims placed fifth with the time of 12:59.54 and earned a spot at the regional meet in Lubbock where she finished 22nd overall with the time of 12:39.80 to get her bid to the state meet.
“Jocelyn’s goal is to continue to get stronger physically, which will help her in track and next year in cross country,” Ghazal said.