The Bandera Lady Bulldog Cross Country Teams came out ready to run in the District 28-4A Cross Country Meet in Llano on Thursday, Oct. 17, as both the Varsity Lady Bulldogs and the Junior Varsity Lady Bulldogs claimed first place as teams.
The varsity team won the district championship for the 12th straight year, earning a total of 32 points.
All seven girls on the team finished the meet with faster times than they ran previously on the same course. Six of the seven medaled individually as well.
The varsity results were: Raelynn Butler, 3rd place; Morgan Cole, 5th place; Hannah Edwards, 6th place, Jordan Edwards, 10th place; Elexis Pearson, 14th place; Corinne Mc-Mullan, 15th place; and Caitlyn Thrasher, 22nd place.
In the Junior Varsity race, the Lady Bulldogs took charge immediately.
Junior Halle Rios and Freshman Kaitlin Doebbler worked together to push the front of the pack while Danielle Gonzales closed the gap in the second half of the race.
The Lady Bulldogs dominated the Junior Varsity race, finishing with an almost-perfect team score of 19. Fredericksburg’s Junior Varsity placed second.
Bandera’s top seven Junior Varsity girls medaled individually.
The Junior Varsity girls’ results were: Rios, 1st place; Doebbler, 2nd place; Gonzales, 3rd place; Mallorie Powell, 6th place; Bietzel Gonzales, 7th place; Ashlyn Brown, 8th place; Ashley Grodman, 14th place; Gracie Wilson, 20th place; Madison Gillaspie, 25th place; Mia Ramirez, 32nd place; Noellia Guevarra, 34th place; Emily Garcia, 39th place; Tanna Flewellen, 41st place; and Araya Mendiola, 45th place. In the Senior Division, Bandera had three girls earn medals. Anna Guajardo finished second, Caitlin Watson won third place and Ofelia Macias finished fifth in that division.
The Varsity Lady Bulldogs will compete at the UIL Region IV Cross Country Meet on Monday, Oct. 28, in Corpus Christi.
Please congratulate them on their district results but know that our work is not quite done yet. I am very proud of each and every single one of these girls. Each of the girls and their families made a commitment to each other.
Each of them sacrificed for the team, and in return, it was greatness!
Brooke Ashcraft is Bandera ISD’s assistant athletic director and the girls’ cross country coach at Bandera High School.