Hargrave runners headed to state meet
The Hargrave girls cross country team won five of their first seven races this year and all five of the races where they competed against other 4A schools.
They finished third at their eighth race of the year, the UIL 4A-Region 3 meet on Oct. 23 in Huntsville. That finish qualified the team for state meet in Round Rock on Nov. 4. Senior Dustin Worley finished seventh in the boys race at the regional meet and qualified for the state meet as an individual.
“We were all pretty relaxed,” said coach Kris Gilmore. “You don’t want them to get all worked up because it’s regionals.”
Gilmore said they tried to replicate everything from the regional meet 11 days prior, which they dominated, with both the girls team and boys team winning, the girls for the tenth year in a row, the boys for the ninth year in a row.
The girls team had six of their runners in the top seven places. The boys team had runners in the top three places and all seven of their runners in the top 10 places.
Worley finished first in the boys race at the district meet. Senior Kaytlyn Kuta finished first in the girls race at the district meet.
Kuta also finished first at the regional meet. It was the fourth meet this year Kuta won.
Gilmore expects her to finish in the top 10 at the state meet.
She finished 26th at the state meet last year and fourth in the 3200-meter race at the cross country meet.
The Hargrave girls cross country team has qualified for the state meet for the fourth consecutive year. Kuta and fellow senior Mya Van Meter have run at the meet each of those years. Gilmore thinks the two of them in particular have high expectations for this year.
Gilmore is going to walk the course with the runners the morning before the state meet, giving them tips on race strategy.