The Slidell Greyhounds are headed back to Round Rock and the state meet for a second year in a row.
The Greyhounds earned the invite Saturday, taking third in the Class A Region II race at Arlington’s Vandergriff Park.
Slidell finished with 102 points. Eula claimed the region crown with 84 points and winning a tiebreaker by having the top sixth runner. Priddy was second also with 84 points.
“We accomplished what we wanted,” said Slidell’s Dylan Carnes. “Hopefully we can do better than last year.”
The Greyhounds finished 11 points ahead of fourth-place Poolville.
Slidell coach Todd McCormick said the team fought to earn the spot with their depth coming through when it mattered.
“We knew it was going to be close,” he said. “Our third, fourth and fifth runners are what pulled us through.”
Goldthwaite’s Manuel Lozoya won the individual region crown, running a 16:57 on the 5K course. Ross Rhoades of Priddy took second in 17:08.
Cord Hankins turned in Slidell’s top time, running 17:39 to take 11th. He was eight seconds back of earning an individual spot in the state meet.
“I ran very well,” Hankins said. “It was my best time.”
Carnes took 14th in 18:06, making a late charge in the race.
Jarrett Tinsman took 17th in 18:25. Khristian Talamantes was 41st in 19 minutes. Jessie Bowen was the Greyhounds’ fifth runner in 46th in 19:13.
Luis Castillo took 75th in 20:05, and Daniel McCasland 83rd in 20:12.
PANTHERS FINISH 13TH
The Paradise Panthers took 13th place Saturday in the Class 2A Region II race with 342 points.
Bruceville-Eddy won the division with 92 points.
Sam Robinson turned in Paradise’s best time, running 18:42 for 68th. Chance Dial took 77th in 18:56, and Colby Dial 19:01 for 84th. Dalton Blankenship was 101st in 19:22. Landry Norwood ran 19:29 for 105th, and Zach Fletcher 106th for 19:35.
Alvord’s Bobby McKinnon took 102nd in 19:23.
CLASS A BOYS
1. Eula 84
2. Priddy 84
3. Slidell 102
11. Cord Hankins, 17:39; 14. Dylan Carnes, 18:06; 17. Jarrett Tinsman, 18:25; 41. Khristian Talamantes, 19:00; 46. Jessie Bowen, 19:13; 75. Luis Castillo, 20:05; 83. Daniel McCasland, 20:12
CLASS 2A BOYS
1. Bruceville-Eddy 92
2. Eustace 102
3. Brock 106
13. Paradise 342
68. Sam Robinson, 18:42
77. Chance Dial, 18:56
84. Colby Dial, 19:01
101. Dalton Blankenship, 19:22
105. Landry Norwood, 19:29
106. Zach Fletcher, 19:35
102. Bobby McKinnon, 19:23