Led by Adam Mendoza and Connor Walker, the Pilot Point boys finished third overall in Class 3A on Saturday at the state cross country meet with a team time of one hour, 24 minutes, 42.81 seconds.
Pilot Point, which trailed Luling and Tornillo, was the only Denton-area program to qualify its boys and girls teams. Mendoza led the Bearcats with a time of 15:58.30, giving him fourth place. Walker, who won the 3A Region II meet Oct. 23, finished fifth at 15:58.32.
Rounding out the boys side were Adan Franco (33rd), Sergio Portillo (72nd), Ethan Hite (86th), Juan Giron (92nd) and Nate Brown (103rd). Their cumulative finishes gave Pilot Point a team score of 140.
Meanwhile, the Lady Bearcats were sixth overall with 175 points to finish just 13 points behind third-place Franklin. East Bernard won with 79 points. Pilot Point's Brisa Hernandez finished 22nd with a time of 12:25.58. Claire Thompson (12:35.77) was close behind in 29th.
Monserrat Hernandez (58th), Leticia Ascencio (95th), Jessica Zackery (105th), Maddy Mascari (125th) and Kassy Gann (128th) rounded out the finishers for the Lady Bearcats.
Denton ISD duo finish season strong
Denton's Zoe Hensley finished 10th overall in the Class 5A girls race with a time of 18:12.68, giving her the highest finish of any Denton school district qualifier. Ryan's David Aussenhofer finished 65th in the boys race with a time of 16:01.64. Both were competing at state for the first time.
Another first-time qualifier was Guyer freshman Brynn Brown, though she was forced to miss the trip because of a hip injury. Brown admitted she had been competing for the last several weeks despite the nagging pain. She was the Lady Wildcats' lone qualifier for the state meet after running a 18:6.28 to finish eighth individually at regionals.
Argyle's Rodgers finishes 18th
Argyle sophomore Lanie Rodgers finished 18th at the Class 4A meet with a time of 12:07.98. It was Rodgers' second trip to the state meet, improving by four spots from a year ago. She was one of two female 4A runners from the Denton area, as Krum senior Johanna Drews finished 72nd with a time of 12:58.05.
Sanger, Aubrey, Argyle round out state finishers
The trio of Bryson Bassinger, Keagan Hoskins and Landon Ceballos gave Sanger a strong showing at the 4A boys state meet. Bassinger finished 16th with a time of 16:46.03, while Hoskins was 10 places behind at 17:02.07. Ceballos (72nd) finished his season with a time of 17:37.17.
Aubrey's Joaquin Monroy finished 37th with a time of 17:10.24. Argyle's Alfonso Barraza and Alberto Barraza finished 59th and 76th, respectively.
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