Heading to state

The Kaufman Herald/AMY WILLIAMSON

The Kaufman boys cross country team qualified for state with its performance in Monday’s regional meet. With coaches Denver Stone, left, and Kristal Harris, right, are, from left, Jeb Williamson, Marshall Pate, Edwin Olvera, Carlos Sanchez, Spencer Keith, Christian Rivera and Adan Gutierrez.


Kaufman boys team qualified for the state cross country meet with a third-place finish, and the Lions’ Christian Rivera won the regional meet Monday.

It marked the 10th straight years for Kaufman boys to make the state meet.

Defending champion Lucas Lovejoy won the meet in Grand Prairie and placed four runners in the top 10 to score 37 points.

Frisco Wakeland took second with 109 points, edging Kaufman with 115.

Rivera took the win by just over two seconds in 15:12.8.

Jeb Williamson placed 12th in 15:48.32 and Spencer Keith was 16th in 15:50.93.

Edwin Olvera and Marshall Pate ran 49th and 50th, with times of 16:42.52 and 16.42.76 out of 183 runners.

Also running for Kaufman were Adan Gutierrez placing 107th at 17:42.86 and Carlos Sanchez 111th in 17:44.3.

The state meet will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. The top four teams from each of the four regions qualified, along with the top 10 runners not already on a qualifying team.

While Kaufman is a familiar participant at the meet, this marks the first time in 5A competition. Kaufman was realigned as a 5A school for the first time in February.

Both teams made it to last year’s state meet, and Rivera won the 4A regional a year ago on his way to a runnerup state finish as the Lions came in third.

The Kaufman girls placed ninth out of 24 teams in the region, led by Ellie Galan who finished 34th in 19:45.83.

Coach Denver Stone said that the girls gained valuable experience in a tough 5A region. Four of the teams in the region were ranked in the top 10 in state.

Taylor Sandberg placed 45th in 20:16.06, Aleisha Ford 57th in 20:36.99, Alondra Campa 63rd in 20:43.57, Bianca Antuna 65th in 20:46.2, Amanda Rodriguez 71st in 21:02.52 and Jaira Garcia 77th in 21:14.34.

There were 181 runners entered.

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