After two false starts to begin the Class 3A Region II Cross Country Meet Saturday, Decatur’s Nicole Neighbors was a little concerned with how her injured hamstring was going to respond.
The sophomore worked it out and so did her teammates as the Lady Eagles finished second with 82 points to advance to the state meet in Round Rock Saturday.
“It kind of freaked me out a little bit,” Neighbors said about the numerous starts. “I felt good, but the three starts threw us off a little bit. My teammates did a good job and picked up a lot from me not running my best.”
Decatur finished behind first-place Sanger, who had 46 points, and Melissa was third with 102.
The second-place finish did not phase coach David Park, who was thrilled with his young team’s performance.
“I’m happy with it,” Park said about the results. “Four girls are freshmen and had never been out here. They ran tight, but that’s because they haven’t experienced it yet. When you think about it, we had four freshmen, two sophomores and a junior out there. To be that young, they did awesome.”
Jessica Kyle led Decatur with a ninth-place finish in 12:29. Nancy Torres was 11th in 12:36, and Neighbors placed 15th in 12:45. Paola Palomo ran 23rd in 13:01.
Morgan Haney was Decatur’s fifth runner, in 24th with a time of 13:02.
Hope Fuller took 30th in 13:12, and Georgina Palomo finished 51st in 13:41.
The Class 3A girls are set to run at 11:40 a.m. Saturday.