HUNTSVILLE — Heritage High School’s Renee Elliott and Ethen Agreda have both qualified as individual medalists for the University Interscholastic League state cross country championships.
Elliott qualified after finishing in third place at the Class 4A Region III girls’ meet on Monday at Kate Barr Ross Memorial Park, and Agreda placed 13th overall in the boys’ race.
Elliott, a junior, ran the 2-mile course in 12 minutes, 18.4 seconds, finishing just behind race winner Emily Garcia of Alvarado and freshman runner-up Charzelle Williams of Life Waxahachie.
In the team standings, Heritage’s girls finished seventh with 177 points, ahead of district rival Hillsboro, which finished eighth. Alvarado won the team title with 51 points, followed by Huffman Hargrave with 93.
Junior Rachel Allen was 27th in a time of 13:17.6 and freshman Alexandra Schmidt was 49th in 13:51.3 for Heritage. Sophomore Kaylee Norwood (63rd in 14:08.4) and classmate Kayla Moore (73rd in 14:25.0) completed the scoring for HHS. Freshman Ella Brown (76th in 14:30.0) and junior Emilee Page (97th in 14:51.4) also completed the race.
Heritage’s boys, meanwhile, fell tantalizingly short of qualifying for state, placing fifth with 153 points, just six points in back of fourth-place Carthage and 24 points behind third-place Huffman Hargrave. Hillsboro won the team title with 62 points, followed by runner-up Palestine with 116.
Agreda placed 13th overall, running the 5,000-meter boys’ course in 17:21.4 to lead the Jags. Garrett Garvin was 23rd in 17:58.0, while Malachi Klor was 25th in 18:02. All three are seniors.
Sophomore Brent Penwarden was 45th in 18:39.1, and senior Noah Wagnon was 61st in 18:53.9 to finish HHS’ top five. Also running the race were senior Tyson Wiens (79th in 19:21.5) and sophomore Ross Hinds (107th in 19:55.8).