It was the biggest stage in the state, and cross-country athletes from the Kilgore area didn’t disappoint.
Kilgore High School’s girls cross-country team and Sabine High solo runner Armando Borrego all competed last Saturday at the University Interscholastic League’s state cross-country meet, held once again at Old Settlers Park at Round Rock, near Dell Diamond Field.
Zoe Craven, just a freshman who finished first for Kilgore at regionals, took home 11th place overall in the Class 4A girls competition. Craven finished the two-mile course in 11 minutes, 55.18 seconds. She was the highest East Texan to cross the finish line. Alvarado’s Emily Garcia took first place overall in 11:28.65. Craven’s teammate, Cristina Rosas was 45th overall, second for KHS, in a time of 12:41.68.
Also for Kilgore, Emma Taylor finished in 13:26.11; Maria Whitaker finished in 14:18.66; Estrella Galvan finished in 14:25.43; and Jacqueline Estrella in 15:13.25.
As a team, Kilgore finished 15th overall, one spot ahead of district rival Gilmer.
Kilgore’s girls are coached by Heidi Hagan.
It was the first appearance for any KHS runners in the cross-country state meet since Clayton Fletcher represented the school in the 2014 version.
Borrego ran for Sabine in the Class 3A boys competition, and finished the 5,000 meter (5K) course in 17:36.98.
Borrego is coached by Jason Heffner.