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Lady Bulldog Cross Country takes sixth at state

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On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Bandera Lady Bulldog Cross Country team competed in the 2019 UIL State Cross Country meet for Class 4-A schools at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Sixteen teams were represented in each of the state’s classifications (1-A through 6-A), and the Lady Bulldogs ran hard and performed well in tough competition.

As a team, the girls placed 6th with 177 points, only 8 points behind the state’s fifth-place team from Liberty Hill.

With the state having 190, 4-A schools in total, the Lady Bulldogs were sixth best in the entire state of Texas. That is a big deal!

After all of the individual competitors were scored, the results showed the following finishes for Bandera runners: Morgan Cole, 17th; Raelynn Butler, 20th; Hannah Edwards, 41st; Elexis Pearson, 46th; Corinne McMullan, 53rd; Jordan Edwards, 68th; and Caitlyn Thrasher, 82nd. After a long season, our 2019 Cross Country season is finally complete.

I would like to thank our seniors for their leadership and dedication to the program, and to our younger runners for their continued commitment to our cross country family.

I would like to thank all of our cross country parents who sacrifice just as much, who help cheer on the girls, travel all over the state and for helping me with whatever is needed.

I am very proud of all of the girls and look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in the future.

Brooke Ashcraft is the Girls’ Cross Country coach at Bandera High School.