Lady Indians send 3 runners to state

Photo Credit: Waxahachie Indians

DALLAS — Emma Curry will be going to the University Interscholastic League state cross country championships for the third and final time in her career. This time, she’s bringing two teammates.

The Waxahachie High School senior finished in eighth place to qualify once again for state as a medalist at the UIL Class 6A Region II championship on Tuesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Complex. Curry, who will compete in track and cross country at Vanderbilt, completed the 5,000-meter race in a time of 18 minutes, 26.34 seconds.

But not far behind her was another WHS senior runner, Alyson Moore, who placed 12th in 18:36.58. And freshman Emilee Jones came in 17th in a time of 18:55.70. Both Moore and Jones qualified for state as medalists and will be headed to Round Rock along with Curry.

As a team, the Lady Indians finished in fifth place with 119 points, their highest finish in school history. They were also the top Dallas-Fort Worth team in the meet, as Greater Houston schools The Woodlands, Klein Cain, Klein and Woodlands College Park held down the top four.

Junior Cori Morgan was 29th in 19:31.80 and sophomore Keeley Hearron was 80th in 21:50.15 to round out the Lady Indians’ team scoring. Junior Tessa Dominy and freshman Whitley Blankenship also competed in the regional meet.

The UIL state meet will take place Nov. 23-24 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. Curry will be looking to improve on her 53rd-place finish a year ago.

In the 6A Region II boys’ division, the Indians placed 13th out of 16 teams on Tuesday, with senior Sebastian Calderon placing 50th in 16:40.13. Sophomore Braden Buegeler was 108th in 18:07.39; junior Dakoda Moreno was 114th in 18:24.87; freshman Aidan Pennington was 116th in 18:27.45; and junior Lucas Molina was 118th in 18:28.85. Junior Joseph Quilbio and freshman Eli Nance also participated for the Indians.