Area cross country competitors will try to extend their season Saturday at the Region III championships hosted by Atascocita High School in Humble.

Each district’s top-10 finishers along with top-3 teams qualified for the event.

Crawford’s Annie Dunlap, the defending Class 2A individual state champion, will lead the Lady Pirates’ challenge for a team title this year.

McGregor and Teague will also compete as teams.

Rosebud-Lott freshman Keauna Whitfield will her school’s lone representative and could be a factor at the front after claiming a district title in just her fifth race ever.

Whitfield “had never ran cross country before this year,” Rosebud-Lott coach Roger Hoelscher said. “She is just so athletic and competitive. She is already running smart races even though she just started — especially the races she has won.”

Whitfield won the event heading into the district meet and had claimed a junior varsity meet earlier this season, which compelled the decision to move her up.

Moody, McGregor and Riesel will also send individual competitors in 2A.

In 1A, Aquilla, Blum, Frost, and Walnut Springs will compete.

Class 3A team qualifiers are China Spring, Connally, Fairfield, Mexia and Robinson, plus individuals from La Vega and West.

In the boys’ competitions, Blum and Gholson will compete as 1A teams, while Dawson, Hubbard, and Walnut Springs will send individuals.

Bruceville-Eddy, Crawford, Riesel and Troy will send team entries at the 2A level, with Clifton, McGregor and Mildred earning individual spots.

China Spring, Fairfield, La Vega, Mexia and Robinson boys’ teams compete, while Groesbeck will send Jacob Smith as its lone representative.

The state meet will be November 9 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

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