History was made this week as one team and multiple individuals competed at this year’s UIL Region IV Cross Country Meet.
For the first time in the school’s history, the Bishop Badger Boys Cross Country team qualified for the Class 3A State Meet by placing fourth at the regional meet on Monday.
The Badgers were led by Carlos Leyva, who placed third at the event with a time of 17 minutes and 7.82 seconds.
The other members of the team who competed were Jacob Bustamante, Devyn Garcia, Blake Smith, Samuel Bustamante, Antonio Rosenbaum and Jordan Lopez.
The Bishop Girls team also competed at the event, placing seventh overall at the meet.
Those running for the Lady Badgers included Lauren Bowers, Elena Alverez, Alyssa Trejo, Aliana Cruz, Faith Bueno, Alex Quiros and Jaydee Zamora.
For Santa Gertrudis Academy, individual competitors included Hailey Arredondo and Sierra Sandoval, who both finished within the top 50 runners.
The SGA Boys team placed 16th at the event.
The runners included Michael Arin Ruiz, Sebastian Mata, Jaeden Bijarro, Jacob Espinoza, Jordan Barrera and Jack Edwards.
In Class 2A, Riviera’s Cres Benavidez qualified for state as an individual with a time of 17:42.44.
The Riviera Girls Cross Country team placed ninth at the Region IV meet, and included Gianna Cantu, Estrella Garcia, Mikeala Castillo, Larryna Holland, Layla McKnight, Deandra Jordan and Meagan May.
At the regional meet, the top four teams in each classification advance to the state meet.
After that, the top 10 individual finishers who are not on one of the four advancing teams also move on to state.
The UIL State Cross Country Meet will take place at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on Nov. 9.
Benavidez will run with the Class 2A boys at 10:10 a.m., and the Bishop Badgers will run with the Class 3A boys at 11:20 a.m.