The Boling Bulldogs cross country program will make a return trip to the state meet after a strong showing at the regional meet in Huntsville on Monday, Nov. 9.
Following their regional meet performance at Kate Barr Ross Memorial Park in Huntsville, the Boling boys’ team moved on as a group and the Lady Bulldogs will advance one runner with a Top-10 finish.
Of the nine runners who advanced to regionals, eight are advancing to state. Marc Mendoza as a sophomore and Ross Hough as a freshman were the only Bulldogs to advance to state last year.
“The hard work, commitment, and dedication these kids have put forth paid off,” Boling coach Jonathan Gibson said. “These kids believed they could and they did. There’s lots of power in (believing). They stuck to the training program and continued to improve and peaked at the right time.”
The boys’ team finished solidly in third place with 95 points, beating Rockdale by 32 points, to advance on as a team.
Mendoza had the Bulldogs’ lone Top 10 finish, coming in 10th with a time of 17:07.80, besting his run at district by nearly a full minute. Hough and senior Adan Alvarez came in a few spots behind. Hough came in 13th with a time of 17:19.10. Alvarez was seconds behind him, with a time of 17:24 for 15th place. Juniors Jordan Todd and Abraham Garcia rounded out the Bulldogs’ score, finishing back-to-back in 38th and 39th place respectfully. Alternates sophomore Garrett Gavronovic came in 71st and junior Kaden Hanson came in 82nd.
Freshman Kenna Gibson is the lone Lady Bulldogs runner to give BHS representation at the state meet. Gibson came in eighth place with a time of 13:15.10. The freshman runner cut more than 15 seconds off her time from the district meet.
Senior Suzanna Garcia was the only other Lady Bulldog at regionals and she came in 42nd place, respectively.
The Boling cross country runners will have a little more than a week to prepare for the state meet in Round Rock at Old Settler’s Park on Monday, Nov. 23.