Even though they were not at full strength, the Alvord Lady Bulldogs still had enough to advance to the state meet for the 18th time in school history.
The Lady Bulldogs captured third place with a team total 114 points. Paradise was first with 69, and Pilot Point was second with 111.
Alvord will run at 10:50 a.m. Saturday at the state meet in Round Rock at Old Settler’s Park.
Lacey Watkins was still out with hip tendonitis, and Brooklyn Mitchum had just made her way back to the team, but the Lady Bulldogs pulled together enough to move on.
“We ran at district, and I didn’t even know if we would get out,” Alvord coach Curtis Enis said. “We weren’t running very well, but we got third and qualified for regionals. Hopefully another week will allow us to get Lacey back. I’m glad this group gets to go down and experience it.”
Clara Breashears led the way for Alvord with a 17th place finish in 13:06. Ariel Rogers took 21st in 13:09.
The next three spots for the Lady Bulldogs are what propelled them to state.
Lauren Hart captured 32nd in 13:28, and Savannah Williams was 33rd in 13:32. Marissa Schedcik was Alvord’s fifth runner to cross the finish line, in 13:39.
“Clara and Ariel both ran great races,” Alvord coach Curtis Enis said. “The performances of Lauren, Savannah and Marissa are the performances that allowed us to advance.
“I did not see us running the times we did today. We hadn’t been that packed and consistent all year. They did it today when it counted, so I was really impressed with that.”
Sarah Nichols placed 74th in 14:27, and Brooklyn Mitchum was 77th in 14:29.