CORPUS CHRISTI — Luling’s bid for a ninth straight cross-country state title continues on after the Eagles won the Region IV-3A boys race with 54 points, beating Lytle who took second with 92 points and San Antonio Cole who took third with 113 points.
Juniors Edwin Zamudio and Aden Gonzales placed second and third, respectively, with Thomas Roberts placing 10th, Jesus Osorio placing 16th and Caleb Brandon finishing 23rd. Abraham Gonzales finished at 46th and Anthony Gonzalez at 122nd overall.
On the girls side, the Lady Eagles finished 16th as a team, with Vidi Muñoz leading the way placing 26th overall. Gimena Olvera finished 49th, Jennifer Zamudio 90th, Celina Hernandez 130th, Fernanda Ramirez 133rd and Shyla Bujnoch 136th.
Only top four teams and top 10 individuals qualify for the state meet.
Gonzales fell short of their goal of getting back to the state meet, with the Lady Apaches placing eighth as a team. Leading the way was Kaylin Ramirez who finished 26th overall. Behind her were Veronica Moreno at 33rd, Krisanta Esquivel at 38th, Krystalynn Buesing 57th, Stephanie Reyna 74th, Maura Garcia 86th and Shelby Davis 100th.
Bandera won the race finishing with 62 points, La Feria placed second with 132 points, Devine third with 146 and Boerne fourth with 147. Gonzales finished with 228 points.
On the boys side, Gonzales finished 20th as a team, with Antonio Hernandez leading the way finishing 66th overall. Avram Almaguer finished 74th, Avery Almaguer 95th, Ruben Ortiz 107th, Daniel Garcia 133rd, Mark Burek 154th and Carlos Mendoza 155th.
Progreso won the Region IV-4A boys race with 61 points, followed by Liberty Hill with 105, Boerne with 155 and La Feria with 155.
In the IV-2A boys race, the Shiner Comanches placed 14th as a team, but Noah Matthews with his ninth-place finish qualified for the state cross-country meet. Behind him were Aidan Seibert who finished 43rd, Jayden Carson 48th, Hector Cruz 125th, Mason Downey 131st, Jared Shimek 135th and Trevor Hajek 136th.
On the girls side, Shiner’s Marian Grosenbacher finished 10th overall, qualifying for the state meet as an individual. The team finished sixth with 175 points, 50 points behind Mason who finished fourth and qualified as a team.
Behind Grosenbacher were Hanna Pustka at 28th, Lillian Egan 30th, Sarah Tronicek 39th, Jacy Chrismon 68th, Autumn Bishop 72nd and Hana Lehnert 93rd.
Waelder’s Miguel Morales and Jacovan Fields were regional qualifiers, competing in the Region IV-1A boys race. Morales finished 48th overall while Fields finished 72nd.
The UIL State Cross Country meet takes place in Round Rock at Old Settlers Park on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The Luling boys team will compete in the Conference 3A race at around 12:40 p.m. Shiner’s Noah Matthews will compete in the Conference 2A race at 11:30 a.m. and Shiner’s Marian Grosenbacher will compete in the Conference 2A race at 11 a.m.
Race times are set by UIL and can be changed.