Kaufman cross country runners advance to state meet

Alondra Campa, Ellie Galan, and the entire boys cross country team qualified for state following strong performances in the Region II 5A Championship meet on Monday.

The Kaufman High School cross country teams competed in the Region II 5A Championship meet on Monday and, following some strong performances, many of them are state bound.

The entire boys team qualified for the state meet for the 11th year in a row with their fourth place overall finish. They were led by Christian Rivera who finished in second overall and Jeb Williamson who finished in 12th. Both received All-Region honors while other Kaufman runners Marshall Pate, Edwin Rivera and Jayson Tucker finished in the top half. Additionally, two Kaufman girls, Alondra Campa and Ellie Galan, qualified individually for the state meet. The girls team finished sixth overall falling just short of advancing to state as a unit, though Joselyne Sanchez, Madison Thurston, Jaira Garcia and Sloan Wilson all finished in the top half.

“The girls team competed extremely well in a very tough regional race,” head cross country coach Denver Stone said. “The top four teams have been ranked in the top six in the state all year long. But our girls team placed sixth overall with a team 5K time average of 19:46, their best of the season by far.”

The boys team and Campa and Galan will complete in the state meet at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on Saturday, Nov. 9. The girls will run at 1:50 p.m. followed by the boys at 2:30 p.m.

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