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Cross country: Lady Indians win 3A state championship

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By Richard Greene / For the Denton Record-Chronicle

ROUND ROCK — Charging up the final hill of Old Settlers Park’s 3,200-meter course, Ali Delio passed a couple of runners before reaching the finish line.

“I had no idea where I was,” the Sanger sophomore said. “I sprinted it in and gave it all I had.”

Delio’s final surge to finish 32nd overall in 12 minutes and 56 seconds provided the one-point edge the Sanger Lady Indians needed to bring home the Class 3A championship Saturday at the state meet.

Sanger finished with 63 points. LaVernia took second with 64. Sanger’s District 9-3A rival Decatur took the bronze medal with 91.

“It’s amazing,” Sanger coach Clint Davidson said. “We were yelling at [Ali] the last 200 meters. She started picking off girls.”

Sanger’s top five runners were among the top 32 team finishers, with Bryce Perry leading the way. Despite hobbling much of the race, the senior came in ninth overall in 12:21.

“I broke a toe in the first 200,” Perry said. “I didn’t feel like I ran very well. But I got 33rd last year, and anything better than that is icing on the cake.”

The gold medal around her neck also helped ease the pain in her foot.

“We worked really hard as a team,” Perry said. “We definitely deserved it.”

Sanger freshman Robyn Cristiano finished 18th in 12:42 — one spot and a step ahead of senior teammate Haylee Story. Sophomore Ashley Martinez was the fourth Lady Indian to finish, in 25th at 12:48.

Allie Millican was 35th in 12:56 and Keily Master 63rd in 13:20.

Davidson offered praise to his runners, who trained throughout the summer with morning runs along the Greenbelt.

“They’ve been working two to three years for this championship,” Davidson said.

Krum’s Caylee Thomas finished 94th in 14:02.