Mission accomplished for the Jacksonville Fight'n Maiden cross country squad.
After missing out on a district title by just two points a year ago, head coach Kill Wiemers' Maidens were determined to get over the hump and secure a district title this time around.
The Jacksonville girls did just that Thursday morning at the 16-4A Cross Country Championships that were hosted by Jacksonville High School.
Paced by a second-place finish by Tempest Silvers, Jacksonville scored 37 points to defeat runner-up Natchitoches (51), who edged Whitehouse by two points.
Corsicana (90) and John Tyler (115) rounded out the field — Lindale did not field a complete squad.
All three schools will now move on to regionals in Grand Prairie on Nov. 2.
“I'm as nervous as I ever have been at a district meet,” Wiemers said in the middle of the race.
Wiemers predicted that if Silvers could earn a second-place finish that his Maidens should have an excellent shot at winning the crown.
Silvers ran a 20:42, which was 30 seconds better than her personal best, according to Wiemers, to win the silver medal with ease.
Whitehouse's Chaynee Atwood traveled the course that worked its way across the JHS campus in a lightning fast 19:09 to win the race.
Wiemers said that it was a team goal from the start to be standing in the winner's circle on district championship day and that the team's near miss in 2012 only served to stoke the unit's fire and desire this fall.
“To come so close last year and miss the title by two points left a bad taste in our stomachs,” Wiemers said. “It was a work in progress, but we lost only one senior from last year so we had a lot of talent coming back and I knew that these girls were capable of doing this if they set their minds to it.”