ROUND ROCK — Ivan Solis wanted no less a top 10 finish, and he got what he wanted, because he was willing to work for it.
McGregor’s Solis scooted to a sixth-place effort in the Class 3A race at the UIL State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, a personal-best effort in his fourth straight appearance at the state meet. Solis produced a career-best time of 16:00.30 over the 5,000-meter course at Old Settlers Park.
That was 29 seconds better than his previous best.
McGregor’s boys finished 10th in the team race. Luling won the state title with five runners in the top 20.
The 4A boys saw China Spring’s Bryce Girard finish in 20th place with a time of 16:53.98. Teammate Nathan Vanderpool ran a 17:16.04, good enough for 46th. Rounding out the 4A boys was Lorena senior Jake Guerrero (17:26.74, 55th place) and Hillsboro’s Eric Monroy with a 63rd-place time of 17:29.78.
Teague’s Lizette Aguilera placed 16th in the 3A girls race. The junior clocked in at 12:15.91 in the 3,200-meter loop. McGregor’s girls finished 13th in the team standings, led by Uridian Reyes in 37th.
Midway’s Cal Johnston closed out a strong senior season with a 64th-place finish in the 6A boys race. Johnston, who had qualified for state as an individual, completed the 5,000-meter course in 16:05.08.
Three Central Texas runners tallied top 25 showings in the 4A girls race – Fairfield’s Madison Smith (21st), Mexia’s Macie Martinez (22nd) and Gatesville’s Katrina Thoms (24th).
In the Class 1A girls race, Blum placed fourth in the team standings, scoring 163 points. The Lady Bobcats were topped by freshman Madison Rowland, who crossed the line in 22nd with a 3,200-meter time of 12:55.25. Blum had just one senior among its top five runners, so the Lady Bobcats could make another run at a title last year.
Evant’s Zulma Obiedo (sixth, 12:31.48) and Abbott’s Sofia Stalker (eighth, 12:32.60) both picked up top 10 finishes.
Among the 1A boys, Covington’s Klay Howard pocketed a bronze medal with a strong time of 16:00.07.
In the 2A boys race, Rosebud-Lott senior Jeremy Truesdale led all Central Texas runners with a 14th-place showing, registering 17:14.34 on the stopwatch.
On the 2A girls side, Crawford sophomore Dawsen Holly ran to a 19th-place finish, the best of any Central Texas qualifier. Holly came in at 12:37.56.
Hamilton, a familiar state qualifier, finished ninth in the team race.