The Northwest Lady Texans battled through a tough District 7-5A field with two squads ranked in the Cross Country Coaches of Texas Association’s 5A poll to earn a regional bid.
The Lady Texans, who were second at district, now will try to get through an even deeper field in the Class 5A race Saturday at the Region I meet in Lubbock to earn a spot at state.
Northwest will hit the Mae Simmons course at 10 a.m.
“We have an outside shot if things go our way,” said Northwest coach George Lutkenhaus. “At the regional meet, you’ve got to be close with your one through five.”
The Lady Texans will be running against top-ranked Southlake Carroll for the second straight week. The Lady Dragons won the 7-5A title, taking six of the top 10 spots.
Northwest garnered three top-10 finishes at district led by freshman Katherine Chavez, who ran 11:40 on the two-mile course for third. Kellee McCann, a state qualifier last year, took fifth in 11:44. Taylor Bohr was 10th in 11:57.
“Our top three can run with anyone,” Lutkenhaus said. “They have a shot to all be in the top 15.”
The field also will include Flower Mound, ranked fourth, and Flower Mound Marcus, eighth.
After also taking second at district, the Northwest Texans will run at the region meet at 10:30 a.m.
The Texans will run against the top-ranked Carroll Dragons for the second time along with talented squads from Marcus and Lewisville Hebron.
Northwest will be led by senior Troy Taylor, a state medalist last year, and sophomore Zach Kirkland. Taylor ran 15:50 on the 5K course at district to finish third. Kirkland was sixth in 15:56.