Cross country to compete at regionals Saturday

By Richard Zowie —


Fredericksburg High School’s varsity cross country teams both raced to second-place finishes at the Oct. 23 District 27-3A meet at Bandera City Park and earned a spot at regionals.

Both teams earned 56 points: the boys varsity finished behind first-place Boerne (29 points) while the girls varsity finished behind first-place Bandera (35).

The Region IV-3A meet will be Saturday, Nov. 2 at the University of Texas-San Antonio. The varsity girls will begin their race at 10:40 a.m., and the varsity boys at 11:10 a.m.

Freshman Clarissa Sanchez’s first-place and Jose Meza’s fifth-place individual varsity finishes led the way for the cross country teams.

“Going into the district meet, our varsity teams both knew that we had to place in the top three to keep our season going,” coach Dan Aldrich said. “We were confident that we would do this, but at the same time we wanted to try and win a district title. Although we were district runner-up in both divisions, we know as a group that we are extremely close to catching the district division leaders from Bandera (girls) and Boerne (boys).”

Last year at regionals, Fredericksburg finished fourth in both divisions and missed qualifying for state by one place.

At regionals, the top-10 individuals will advance to state as well as the top three teams out of the 24 teams.

The state 3A meet will be Saturday, Nov. 9, at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. Varsity girls will begin at 10:40 a.m. while varsity boys will begin at 11:10 a.m.

Aldrich described the team’s focus as getting both the girls and boys qualified for state —something Fredericksburg has not done since 2000.

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