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Medina freshman runs personal best at state

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Medina High School freshman Charli McCabe finished 47th out of 145 runners in the 1-A Division of the UIL State Girls’ Cross Country Championship in Round Rock on Saturday, Nov. 9, Medina Independent School District officials said.

Her time at the championship was her best time of the season in cross country.

Medina Athletic Director Cully Doyle said the school could not be more proud of McCabe and how she prepared for Saturday’s competition.

Much of her growth was in “the little details” and learning how to race as she progressed from the district meet to regionals and finally the state championship, Doyle said.

He said she improved each week and did not shy away from the competition.

Coach Missy Pump also pushed her to grow as a person on the daily routines outside of running, which carries over to competition.

Officials said McCabe was surrounded by a great group of girls and boys that helped her push through the workouts to get to the state meet.

Doyle said it is always exciting to see a freshman compete at the state championships. He believes the team that she can have around her next year can be unstoppable if they come together over the summer and put in the detailed training needed.

“I am very impressed with the kids here at Medina, and I believe great things are coming sooner than later,” he said.

Doyle said McCabe also will compete in track and field for Medina, and he hopes to see the momentum she built in cross country keep growing through track season.