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Bandera hosts cross-country meet Saturday

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Bandera Independent School District will once again host the Bandera Cross Country Invitational meet on Saturday, Sept. 12, in Bandera City Park, which has an entrance at Maple and 8th Street in Bandera.

The start times for the different teams involved in the meet will be 8 a.m. for the varsity girls, 8:30 a.m. for the varsity boys, 10 a.m. for junior varsity girls, 10:30 a.m. for junior varsity boys, noon for 7th grade girls, 12:30 p.m. for 7th grade boys, 2 p.m. for 8th grade girls and 2:30 p.m. for 8th grade boys.

BISD Assistant Athletic Director and Girls Cross Country Head Coach Brooke Ashcraft, said “I am very excited to watch our girls compete on their home course. The girls have already looked better than where they were the last two years.

“Currently, we have many girls fighting for a varsity and junior varsity spot. We have strong leadership from our junior class and returning lettermen leading the way for our sophomores and freshmen.”

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University Interscholastic League is only allowing schools to run 10 girls at the varsity level and 10 in the junior varsity level, said Ashcraft.

“There is a possibility that the top seven runners change weekly because the girls are so highly competitive. COVID has changed the way we function at practices and meets, but definitely has not changed the girls’ spirit, fight and competitiveness,” said Ashcraft. “We are working hard to follow all UIL guidelines so we can see our season all the way through the state meet.”

During the 2019 season, Bandera High School’s girls varsity team finished sixth at the state cross country meet, with the team’s best times coming from current juniors Morgan Cole, Raelynn Butler and Hannah Edwards.