Von Dohlen qualified for the UIL State Cross Country Championships to be held Saturday, Nov. 9 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. The top three teams and 10 individuals advanced to the state meet.
The Goliad Tigerettes just missed qualifying for the state meet as they finished third with 192 points. East Bernard won the team title with 87 points and was followed by Brazos Consolidated (99) and Johnson City (171).
Freshman Andrea DeLaGarza led the way for the Tigerettes with a 15th-place finish in 12:47 over the 2-mile course. Sophomore Danielle Garza (21st, 12:52), freshman Michala Janssen (55th, 13:39), sophomore Marla Reyna (69th, 13:51), junior Denise Jones (70th, 13:52), junior Hanna Henson (103rd, 14:25) and junior Krista Noland (134th, 14:52) also led the Tigerettes.
The Tigers finished seventh in the team standings with 199 points. Senior Quentin Alkek (28th, 16:51), senior Austen Guerrero (38th, 17:05), junior Ryan Walker (76th, 17:58), senior Jake Schneider (85th, 18:10), freshman Rhett Davis (106th, 18:36) and sophomore Nikolas Westfall (112th, 19:10) also led Goliad.
“I am so proud of our kids,” Goliad coach Ed Ousley said. “I know we set out and hoped for more, but we accomplished so much and we did get someone to state.
“Our girls will be the team to watch next season, being so young and so close this season. Our kids should be very proud of what they accomplished. Thanks to everyone for the support and to God be the glory and honor in all we do.”
Luling won the team championship with 42 points. East Bernard’s Wyatt Kieler was the individual champion with a time of 15:13 over the 3.1-mile course.
Von Dohlen will run at 10:10 a.m. at the state meet.