Competing in the District 20 meet on Monday, Oct. 12, the Grapeland Cross Country Team recorded multiple season best times and had three individuals qualifying for regional action.
Sandies Dontaviun Bass and Anthony Davila, and Sandiette Ragan Bowie executed their race plane perfectly and in return qualified for the Region III Cross Country Championships at Huntsville on Oct. 26.
The Sandiettes would start the meet led by a 3rd place finish by freshman Ragan Bowie with a time of 12:45. She was then followed by Taylar Mullen in 12th (13:43), Destiny Pettit in 15th (13:49), and Hannah Turner in 24th (15:17).
Every Sandiette had a personal best that ranged from 37 seconds to 57 seconds. Due to sicknesses, injuries and people moving, the girls team unfortunately could not qualify as a team to move on to the next level.
The Sandies were next up to race where they also struggled to make a full team to qualify. With only three boys competing, this meant it was up to each of them to get in the top 10 to try and qualify for the regional meet.
Senior Dontaviun Bass led the Sandies in a 2nd place finish, Anthony Davila followed in 8th, and Brandon Filer was the third boy that started the race for the Sandies. Filer was sitting in 5th place with about 250 meters to go before an unfortunate event happened where he could not finish the race, but he left everything that he had out on the course.
"There is nothing else that could make a coach more proud than to have one of your athletes run and push yourself mentally to the point where you literally cannot run any more," said GHS Coach Brian Cooper.
The junior high girls closed the meet with a "bang". Kenya Woods and Cierra Simon had control of the race from start to finish where they remained in first and second place the whole race. Woods came through a mile-and-a-half in 1st place with a time of 10:09. She was shortly followed by Simon with a time of 10:19. These two girls have been the runners to watch in every meet they've competed in this season.
"Overall it was a really good day for the Grapeland cross country team," said Coach Cooper.
Out of the eight runners that finished, five of them finished in the top 10 in their division. Also out of those eight runners, six had a personal best time for the season, the coach pointed out.
"What better way to end the season for the Sandies and Sandiettes than giving it all they had and leaving it all out on the cross country course," Cooper added.