Six Texas Panhandle teams advance to state on final day of Region I Cross Country Meet


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Circe Johnson, middle, helped lead the Dalhart Lady Wolves to a second-place team finish during the Region I-3A Cross Country Meet on Tuesday at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. [Joe Garcia III/ Press Pass Sports]
– LUBBOCK The Texas Panhandle made another impact on Tuesday’s final morning of the UIL Region I Cross Country Meet at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. Here’s a recap of the Region I-5A, Region I-3A and Region I-1A team winners and individual qualifiers.

Region I-3A

District 1-3A showed off how dominant it was this season with the Dalhart and Canadian girls’ teams both finishing in the top four at the Region I-3A Cross Country Meet.

The Lady Wolves finished with a silver medal tallying 84 points. Canadian took the fourth and final spot 174 points. Holliday (84 points) won the regional championship with Jim Ned coming in third.

Freshman Circe Johnson ran a time of 13:04.4 to place 13th individually for Dalhart. Teammate and freshman Victoria Terrazas (13:14.9) came in 21st. Canadian’s Konnar McClendon had a solid race finishing with a bronze medal clocking a 12:31.2, followed by teammate Arionna Black (12:48.9) who also finished in the top 10 with a seventh-place finish. Friona’s Yvonne Legaretta (12:30.1) came in second individually passing McClendon in the final 200 meters to win the individual silver medal and qualify for state, Tulia’s Diana Briones punched her ticket as an individual thanks to a 13:09.3.

Dimmitt’s Azariah Gonzales placed fourth as an individual at the Region I-3A Cross Country Meet at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock on Tuesday. [Joe Garcia III/ Press Pass Sports]
While no boys’ teams advanced, a few individuals did earn a trip to the state meet. Dimmitt’s Azariah Gonzales highlighted the meet taking fourth individually to qualify for state running a 16:23. Bushland’s Zackary Nichols was 12th individually to qualify pacing a time of 16:55.8, and Hugo Briones (17:03.5) took the final individual spot for Austin.

Region I-1A

Springlake Earth standout Taytum Goodman kept her stronghold on Region I by winning her third straight individual gold on Tuesday.

As expected, the junior and now three-time Region I-1A champion, left the field in the dust racing to an impressive 2-mile time of 11:06.4. Goodman’s 2-mile time was the best Region I time from Class 4A to 1A by more than 30 seconds. Thanks to Goodman’s effort the Lady Wolverines also won the team title registering 97 points.

As for Amarillo-area schools, White Deer placed right behind Earth in second place to advance to state with 105 points, and Nazareth followed in third with 109 points. White Deer’s Kelsi Vaughhn (13:19.7) led the Does running to a ninth-place individual finish. Freshman Madison Brockman of Nazareth paced the Swiftettes with a 12th place finish clocking a 13:26. Claude’s Renee Fouquet (13:19.3) and Shealee Brannon (13:22.3) each advanced as an individuals, as did Silverton’s Melody Rampley (13:22.9), and Groom’s Ali Friemel (13:51.5).

Springlake-Earth’s Taytum Goodman won her third straight Region I-1A individual championship at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock on Tuesday. [Joe Garcia III/ Press Pass Sports]
In the boys’ race, Texline and Happy placed third and fourth respectively to qualify for the state meet. Texline finished third overall with 122 points, while Happy was fourth with 132 points. Sands (96 points) was second, and Jayton (22 points) dominated for the regional championship.

Individually, Happy’s Brance Ferguson led his team coming in eighth pacing a 18:08.3. Texline’s Joe Clay (18:37.1) was 16th. Silverton’s Alex Acevedo is headed to Austin taking third place clocking a 17:42.5. Joining Acevedo as an individual is Nazareth’s Bryson Brockman (18:20.3), Claude’s Hunter Lovell (18:29.2), and Hedley’s Joshua Booth (18:32.5).

Amarillo High’s Emma Milsow qualified for the UIL Class 5A State Cross Country Meet in Austin during the running of the Region I-5A Cross Country Meet at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock on Tuesday. [Joe Garcia III/ Press Pass Sports]

Region I-5A

Amarillo High’s Emily Milsow highlighted the Region I-5A with a solid showing. The Lady Sandies junior came in 15

th overall running a time of 19:31.1 to earn a trip to state as an individual. As for the team standings, AHS placed 10th overall with 268 points, and Tascosa came in 18th place with 425 points. Colleyville Heritage was the regional champion tallying 69 points.

Neither the Amarillo High nor Tascosa advanced during the boys race. Amarillo High finished ninth overall with 196 points, and the Rebels placed 17th with 431 points. Tascosa’s Emilio Salas (16:33) led all AISD competitors placing 23rd individually.

Result information

The top four teams and top 10 individuals not on the qualifying teams advance to the UIL state meet set for Nov. 4-5 at Old Settlers Park in Austin. For a look at the full results from Tuesday’s regional results please visit



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