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Cross country notebook: Denton ISD trio on their way to state meet

Brynn Brown doesn't appear fazed in the slightest bit by her competition — or her injured hip.

Brown, a freshman at Guyer, admitted Monday she's been running with a tweaked hip for about three weeks. But that didn't keep her from qualifying for the state meet with a time of 18 minutes, 6.28 seconds to finish 19th overall, eighth individually, at the Class 6A Region I meet in Lubbock.

She is one of three runners from the Denton school district to advance to state. Ryan's David Aussenhofer and Denton's Zoe Hensley also are first-time state qualifiers in Class 5A.

The top four teams and top 10 individuals not on a qualifying team from each regional meet qualify for the state meet, which is slated for Nov. 4 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

"There were a lot of fast girls, so I was hoping to stay middle of the pack and then pass them at the end. And that's what happened," Brown said. "This feels great [to qualify for state]. I haven't really taken any time off to heal, but it's not really anything major, and I should be fine by state."

Despite not being 100 percent, Brown advanced to regionals with a second place finish at the District 6-6A meet on Oct. 12. 

DISD had six teams advance to a regional event. Along with the Guyer girls in 6A, Ryan and Denton brought both their girls and boys teams in Class 5A. Braswell's girls also advanced. 

But only the three individuals moved on. Aussenhofer finished with a time of 15:43.62 in the 5-kilometer race, which put him in 14th place overall. He finished eighth individually. 

"I'm usually a pretty strong finisher, so that's all I was thinking at the end — just don't let this keep you from making it to state," Aussenhofer said. "I wanted this so bad."

Denton's Hensley finished seventh overall, fifth individually, with a time of 18:12.64. 

"I felt a lot more prepared this year, and it definitely helped me advance to state," Hensley said. "It also helped to have my teammates there. Without them, I wouldn't have done near as well."

Walker leads charge as Pilot Point boys, girls teams qualify

After finishing fourth at the District 9-3A meet, Pilot Point senior Connor Walker responded with a first-place finish at the Class 3A Region II meet to help the Bearcats qualify for state as a team. Walker's time of 16:19.20 was an improvement of more than 18 seconds from the Oct. 10 district meet in Pottsboro.       

Behind Walker, Adam Mendoza finished third overall with a time of 16.35.30 while Adan Franco came in fourth at 17:04.60. Juan Giron (17th) and Sergio Portillo (20th) rounded out the top finishers for the Bearcats.

On the girls side, Brisa Hernandez built on a strong showing from the district meet with a fourth-place finish Monday. Hernandez took home the District 9-3A championship but improved her time by more than 17 seconds (12:24.54) to set the pace for the Lady Bearcats at the regional meet.

Claire Thompson (10th), Montserrat Hernandez (20th), Leticia Ascencio (29th) and Jessica Zackery (35th) combined with Hernandez to send the Pilot Point girls to state again this year.

Argyle's Rodgers, Krum's Drews advance

Argyle sophomore Lanie Rodgers added to her accolades this season while qualifying for state for the second consecutive year. Rodgers finished fourth overall, second individually, at the Class 4A Region II meet. 

Rodgers, who finished 22nd at the state meet as a freshman, ran a 11:51.20 on Monday to advance. 

Krum senior Johanna Drews also qualified as an individual, finishing ninth overall, fourth individually, with a time of 16:23.58 to advance. 

Aubrey, Sanger and Argyle send individual boys to state

The area trio of Argyle, Sanger and Aubrey combined to send six individual runners to state in the boys Class 4A Region II meet.

Aubrey's Joaquin Monroy led the way, finishing third overall with a time of 16:23.58. Sanger's Bryson Bassinger wasn't far behind and came in fourth overall, second individually, after running a 16:28.03. Keagan Hoskins (17:11.33) and Landon Ceballos (17:15.53) also qualified for the Indians after finishing 16th overall (fifth individually) and 21st overall (eighth individually), respectively.

Argyle freshman Alfonso Barraza (17:04.84) moved on to state in his first appearance at the regional meet as he finished 14th overall, fourth individually, while senior Alberto Barraza (17:13.25) rounded out the boys individual qualifiers with a 19th overall, seventh individual, finish.

Brady Keane contributed to this report.

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.