The Boling Bulldogs boys’ cross country team, for the first time this decade, competed at the Class 3A State Championships as a team.
The Bulldogs overall came in 11th place out of 12 teams with 236 points, at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock on Monday, Nov. 23.
Presidio was the boys’ state champion with 65 points.
The Boling program sent eight runners to state, seven boys and one girl who competed as an individual. The Bulldogs only sent two runners to state last year.
Junior Marc Mendoza had Boling’s fastest finish with a time of 16:48.59. The Boling junior came in 35th place out of 124 runners. Mendoza took nearly 50 seconds off his state run from last year.
Sophomore Ross Hough came in a few seconds behind Mendoza’s pace with a time of 17:01.93 in 50th place. Hough shaved a full minute off his run at state last year.
Adan Alvarez, Boling’s lone senior, came in 77th place with a time of 17:33.08. Junior Jordan Todd had a time of 18:28.04 and came in 111th. Junior Kaden Hanson was 114th with a time of 18:46.14. Junior Abraham Garcia finished 117th with a run of 18:59.59. Rounding out Boling’s times was junior Garrett Gavranovic who came in 119th with a time of 19:38.59.
Freshman Kenna Gibson, the Lady Bulldogs lone runner, had a time of 14:10.29. Gibson came in 100th out of 123 runners. The freshman earlier this year hit her personal best of 12:08.00, that same time would have made her the fifth faster runner at state.