The Lady Cats Cross Country Team won their first ever district championship and is headed to the Regional Meet after the 15-5A District Championship Meet in Mount Pleasant Monday. The Wildcats finished 4th but their top finisher, junior Evan Patrick, was 8th in the race to also qualify for the regional meet.
The Lady Cats placed four runners in the top ten and all seven of their competitors were in the top 16. Once again the Lady Cats were led by freshman Haylee Shultz, who placed 3rd at 19:52.66. Sophomore Laney Hurst was 4th. Senior Kenia Herrera placed 7th. Sophomore Mattie Bridges overcame soreness to place 10th. Emily Soto was 13th. Sulphur Springs Cross Country Coach Ross Hicks said Soto ran her best race ever. Senior Maurie Flecker was 15th and sophomore Rebekah Stanley placed 16th.
The Wildcats finished behind Mount Pleasant, Longview and Pine Tree. Patrick ran the 5K course in a time of 17:06.72 to earn his 8th place finish and regional berth. Junior Jose Mejia was 12th just missing the top ten. The Wildcats senior and team leader Camden Fuller valiantly finished the race in 25th place after taking a bad step at about the one mile mark. Junior Alex Flecker was 29th. Sophomore Hector Hernandez was 39th. Junior Johnathan Scott was 41st and senior Cord Mayo was 42nd.
Coach Hicks said the races were run in light sprinkles. The UIL Region II-5A Championship will take place Monday, November 9 at the Jesse Owens Sports Complex in Dallas.