La Porte High School girls cross country team members Arielle Price and Samantha Beacham qualified for the state cross country meet in Round Rock on Nov. 10 after outstanding performances at the Nov. 3 Region III competition at Atascocita High School.
Price placed seventh with a time of 19.07, and Beacham placed eighth with a time of 19:10. Both times represented a 40-second personal record for the runners.
Other members of the Lady Bulldogs who competed at the regional meet were Caitlin Cruz, Jaylean Gonzales, Dora Reynosa, Summer Barfield and Sam Fernandez.
“The top five for our team all ran personal bests, and the girls ran well as a team,” said Carolina Rodriguez, head girls cross country coach. “Overall the team placed fifth, and last year, the girls were ninth. They have now set a goal to place in the top three as a team next year to qualify for state.”
The boys cross country team also had an outstanding performance at regionals. Competitors included Kyle Haynes, Cameron Avina, Michael Davis, Henry Blanchard, Casey Timm, Wyssam Zaaban and Justin Moore.
The boys ran a great race against one nationally ranked team and three state ranked teams in what is arguably one of the most competitive boys regions in the state,” said Zach Johnson, head boys cross country coach. “The boys ended up in sixth place, which is one of the best overall finishes in La Porte boys cross country history. The difference from a state-qualifying third place finish and the sixth place finish was 30 points, which shows what a close race it was.”