In cross country its all about the clock.
The majority of the Jacksonville Maiden runners shaved precious time off of their respective benchmarks from the previous week when they took park in the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack Invitational at Pecan Acres City Park in Nacogdoches last Saturday.
Tempestt Silvers was the first of the Jacksonville girls to cross the finish line — Silvers was clocked in a 22:28 to finish in 16th place in the 5K run.
The Maidens' second, third and fourth place runners each cut time from last week's run at UT Tyler.
Shannon Chilton ran a 22:32 to come in 24th, Ariana Morres was clocked in 24:17 (26th place) and Naomi Mendez froze the timer at 24:27 (32nd).
Mendez improved her running time by nearly three minutes from the previous week.
Mirian Mendoza ended up 33rd (25:13) for Jacksonville, with Esther Botello taking 38th place (25:14).
Botello trimmed nearly four minutes off of her final time of seven days previous.
In the junior varsity division, Jessika Alvarez ran a 22:25 to finish in ninth place.
Jacksonville will have two more races before hosting the annual Tribe Meet on October 4.
This coming Saturday the Jacksonville runners will compete in the Pine Tree Meet, which is scheduled to take place in Kilgore, and on Oct. 4 the Maidens will run in the Lindale Meet at Garden Valley.
Jacksonville girls cross country is under the direction of Kip Wiemers.