Nearing the finish line Saturday, a memory from two years before spurred Devin Norton onward.
“My freshman year I got 11th — the first person that doesn’t get a medal,” the Guyer junior said. “I heard someone say I was in 10th. I knew I had to go. I was just trying to hold my spot.”
Norton did just that, earning a medal for her 10th-place finish in the Class 4A race at state meet at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. She finished the 5K course in 19 minutes, 8 seconds.
Running the second-to-last race of the day, Norton battled the heat, wind, dust and a fast field. Leander Rouse’s Madie Boreman won the individual gold medal in 17:53.
“The heat got to me at a mile and a half,” Norton said. “The wind made it awful, but the dust was the worst.”
Guyer coach Jonathan Ponsonby heaped praise upon the three-time state qualifier.
“She’s all state,” he said. “It wasn’t quite the result she wanted. But she told me this week that before she leaves high school she wanted a state medal. She got it.”
Guyer boys finish ninth
The Guyer Wildcats brought home ninth in their debut on the state stage.
Guyer finished with 198 points in the Class 4A race. Boerne Champion won the division with 55.
“We went to regionals under the radar,” Ponsonby said. “Our first time at regionals, our boys ended up winning and the girls finished fourth. We were very green going in. However we did was icing on the cake.
“Today was a learning experience. We have only one senior. We’ll be back.”
Colby Kuehler turned in Guyer’s top time, finishing 29th in 16:50 on the 5K course. Tony Perez took 36th in 17 minutes. Ben Sterenburg ran 17:57 for 79th, Blake Fowler 18:07 for 82nd, Leighton Baker 18:16 for 86th, Alex Williams 18:54 for 102nd, and Manuel Rivera III 20:05 for 113th.
Lake Dallas junior Brad James finished 68th in 17:43.
Perry, Indians take fifth
Jacob Perry made a late-race charge to move up to fifth place in the Class 3A boys final.
Perry finished the 5K course in 16:39. He crossed the finish line 0.05 of a second behind Alvarado’s Kevin Nunez.
“I wanted to catch [Decatur’s] Taylor [Clayton] but my legs couldn’t go, and Kevin Nunez got me at the end.”
Perry said he went out at a conservative pace and gave the leaders too much of a lead. Clayton, who finished third, led the front pack through the first mile at 4:42. Perry finished the first mile in 4:50.
“I probably should have gone out faster,” he said. “I let them get away from me.”
Perry led a young Sanger squad to a fifth-place finish with 154 points. District 9-3A rival Decatur won the Class 3A crown with 56.
“We ran great,” Sanger coach Clint Davidson said. “I figured we’d be around fourth or fifth, and that’s where we were.”
Josh Mills took 19th in 17:19. Josh Rainey finished 52nd in 17:56. Quinten Cassaday was 56th in 18 minutes. Anthony Wasser crossed the line in 18:53 for 87th.
Chase Alvey ran 19:16 for 93rd, and Jose Rodriquez 19:49 for 100th.
“There’s no seniors; the whole team will be coming back,” Perry said.
Argyle’s Gabriel Landin finished 28th in 17:28. His teammate Cameron Schafer was 38th in 17:42.
Pilot Point girls seventh
Running at the state meet for the first time since 2008, the Pilot Point Lady Cats posted a seventh-place finish in the Class 2A girls race.
Pilot Point finished with 174 points. Bushland won the division with 70.
“The girls ran amazing,” Pilot Point coach Jeff Price said. “On paper, I thought we were one of the last three teams. They competed and did great today.”
Senior Lori Campbell finished the 3,200-meter course in 12:56 for 25th place. Jacquie Cassell took 27th in 12:59.
Mackenzie David ran 13:22 for 47th. Lexi Dawson finished 79th in 14 minutes. Kellyn Morgan took 96th in 14:38. Yesenia Giron was 110th in 15:46.
The Pilot Point boys finished 10th with 252 points. Luling won the division with 47.
Luis Giron led Pilot Point completing the 5K course in 17:58. Daniel Rodriguez-Lopez finished 69th in 18:49. Matthew Boerner ran 18:59 for 74th. Mitch Mendoza turned in a 19:15 for 79th. Jose Martinez finished 89th in 19:49, Juan Carlos Juarez-Aguirre 91st in 20:03, and Josh Wardle 97th in 20:36.