ROUND ROCK - What does 57 mean in the UIL State 3A Girls Cross Country Championships? For the Holliday Lady Eagles 57 meant a State Championship. The number of the finishing place in the team competition for each of the first 5 members of a 7 member team are accumulated to produce the final number. The lowest team number wins. Last Saturday morning at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas the lowest cumulative score was turned in by the Holliday Lady Eagles. It was 40 points lower, which is good, than Yoakum High School, the second place team with 97 cumulative points.
Sophomore team leader Hannah Spears finished third in the team competition in a time of 11:54.78 over the 3200 meter course. She was sixth overall among individual competitors. Freshman Salem Henry crossed the finish line in fifth in a time of 12:04.42. Freshman Kyla Coheley finished seventh. Another Freshman Jaycee Lyons was ninth with a time of 12:31.00. The Holliday Lady Eagle cumulative team total was an impressive 24 at this point. Junior Ainsley Marks came in thirty-third at 13:04.16. Add that all up and it comes to 57 points and a Class 3A Cross Country State Championship. Kassie Munguia another freshman and senior Brittany Coltrain rounded out the 7 person Lady Eagle team.
Lyons suffered a stress fracture in her left leg at the Region I meet in Lubbock on October 28. Her ninth place team competition finish was a courageous battle with the pain in her leg and with the talented field. Her time in the Region I competition was 12:23.40 so her 12:31 state competition run was all the more impressive considering the injury.
Holliday Cross Country Coach Glenn Griffin had this to say about the Championship effort, “I was really proud of the girls and how they competed. We have gotten stronger every week and they just kept gaining confidence. When we found out that Jaycee was hurt, the other girls really stepped up and picked up the slack. Four of the girls ran their personal best time on Saturday, and this is what we had to do since one of our really fast girls was injured. Now we are really excited for the future with this group and can't wait for next year.” Add another monument to the lawn. Congratulation Lady Eagles, 3A Cross Country State Champions.