Freshman Shannon Chilton came in eighth place for the Maidens,running a time of 22:09 and Mirian Mendoza was one spot behind, stopping the timer at 22:25.
Jacksonville's Jessika Alvarez (22.33) took 11th place, followed by Mirisol Ornelas in 15th place, who turned in a time of 23:23.
In 16th place was Ariana Morris (23.24) and Ester Botello finished 27th 925:21).
“We knew a couple of Nac girls and a Lindale girl would be challenging Tempest (Silvers) for second, so we're happy that Tempest went out and got the job done for us...that's what we needed,” Wiemers said. “Also we have been working with our freshman, Shannon Chilton, to push Tempest and I think she too did a good job in finishing inside the top 10.”
Wiemers said that he turned up the heat in the squad's late-season practices and the extra work really paid dividends onThursday.
“Our practices have been more intense lately and I think our girls have been more driven and focused,” Wiemers said. “We did everything we could in practice to reach our goal.”
Coach said that his runners don't intend to rest on their laurels any time soon.
“We've reached out goal of winning a district championship now, so our next goal is going to be to do what it takes to be be a contender for a berth into the state meet,” Wiemers said. “This is a young team and there is no reason why they can't continue to get better and better and if they can do that I really feel like we could have a program here at Jacksonville that can compete at the state level year after year in the near future.”
16-4A Varsity Girls Cross Country Standings
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