Its been more than 20 years since the Madisonville cross country program was started and even longer since a member of the team has qualified for state competition, but all that changed on Saturday when the Lady Mustangs competed in the UIL Region Cross Country Championship at Kate Barr-Ross Park in Huntsville. A total of 159 girls ran in the twp-mile varsity race with the top 10 runners advancing to state competition.
Freshman Allison Karr of the Madisonville Mustangs finished ninth overall with a time of 12:28 qualifying her for State competition. Karr is the first member of the Madisonville cross-country team to ever qualify for such an honor.
“Its exciting,” said Head Coach Jo Dorman. “Allison ran like I’ve never seen her run before. Hopefully she can carry that momentum into state next week.”
The Mustangs’ finished 11th overall as a team with Ellie Blankenship finishing in 24th place with a time of 12:52, Madi Caperton finishing 63rd with a time of 13:33, Tyana Brown finishing 66th with a time of 13:37, Odalys Hernandaz placing 120th with a time of 15:12, Maria Ayala finishing 126th with a time of 15:20 and Alma Garza finishing 141st with a time of 16:09.
“Regionals were a great experience for the team as a whole; there’s a lot we can build on moving into next season,” Dorman said.
Karr will compete in State Saturday, Nov. 12 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock at 8:30 a.m.