ROUND ROCK — Ann-Marie Dunlap didn’t want to talk about the state record earlier in the week.
The Crawford senior had the Class 2A mark in her sights all along, but was worried she might tense up if she thought about it too much.
As it turns out, Dunlap had absolutely nothing to worry about. She didn’t just break the record — she smashed it.
Dunlap jumped out to the lead in the early going and was never pushed, crossing the finish line on the two-mile course in a time of 10 minutes, 59.72 seconds. That makes her the first-ever 2A runner to come in under 11 minutes and put the old standard of 11:18 to rest.
“It felt really good,” Dunlap said. “It was funny because we came to the meet and we were walking the course to see if it was muddy, and they had changed the course. I was freaking out because I thought I wasn’t going to get the record (because of the change).”
It was Dunlap’s second straight cross country state championship and fifth state gold medal overall, including track. She finished more than a minute ahead of her closest competitor, Kristaly Munoz of Luling, who finished in 12:00.62.
Dunlap still has big plans on the basketball court and the track for the remainder of her senior year, but this marked the last cross country race before she enters Baylor next season.
“I’ll just remember how hard she’s worked,” Crawford coach Jason Buie said. “She’s very dedicated to the sport. She’s always willing to put in the work, and I’ll also remember her love for her teammates. She was always there for them, cheering for them and rooting them on when she gets done.”
Bruceville-Eddy’s Meghan Dupree was the area’s next-best finisher, as she came in sixth in the 2A girls’ race in 12:06.3.
The Bruceville-Eddy boys had a pair cross the line in the top 10. Freshman Kyle Doty finished the three-mile course in 16.31.79 to come in seventh, while teammate Darin Allen was right behind in eighth with a 16:35.04 time.
Robinson was the area’s top team finisher, coming in seventh in the 3A boys’ race, while the Whitney boys were eighth in 2A.