The young Lady Trojans finished 17th overall with 22 teams competing to advance to the state finals. The young Lady Trojans were led by senior Kennedy Trevino. The other four of the top five finishers were all freshmen.
Trevino placed 67th overall with a time of 20:28 in a large field of 177 runners who were the best in South Texas. Natalie Rivas placed 90th at the meet with a time of 20:53. Maria Navarro was in at 111th in 21:20 for the 3.1-mile course. Raelynn Arrisola placed 119th at 21:30, while Emilie Bozant placed 124th with a time of 21:36.
Also running for the varsity girls were Tiffany Vargas (125th-21:38) and Julissa Ortiz (167th-23:33).
“The Region IV meet was a great experience for the young girls team we took to compete. They had no idea what to expect, and now they know,” said cross country head coach Linda Luna.
“They have set their goal for the next three years – to go to state by the time they are seniors.”
All seven Lady Trojans improved their times from the district meet.
“Even though we did not place high, the young Lady Trojan cross country team still has a lot to be proud of this year,” Luna said.
Trojan Elias Guzman was an individual qualifier for the Region IV meet, thanks to his seventh place finish at the District 30-4A meet. Guzman, a junior, placed 118th in a field of 178 runners.
“Elias gave it his best shot. It was strange for him to run without his team because he wasn’t going to have the support he is normally used to,” Luna said.
“He is a leader, and the boys know what they need to do next year to advance as a team to regionals. I have no doubt we will bring it together next season.”