Texas Panhandle athletes set for UIL state cross country meet


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The Canyon girls lead the pack off the start at the Region I-4A cross country meet in Lubbock earlier this year. The Lady Eagles will compete for a third straight Class 4A team state championship Tuesday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. [John Moore/ Press Pass Sports]

Seven teams and 34 individual qualifiers highlight the Texas Panhandle at the University Interscholastic League state cross country meet set for Monday and Tuesday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Class 5A, 3A and 1A will run Monday, followed by 6A, 4A and 2A Tuesday.

The Amarillo-area team drawing the most attention heading into the state meet is by far the Canyon Lady Eagles. The Lady Eagles are the two-time defending Class 4A state champions, and return a strong group of runners to chase for a third.

“We feel good about are team,” Canyon girls cross country coach Ray Baca said. “We’re running really well, and we just need to keep our fingerd cross to stay out of harms way with COVID. We want to stay as safe as we can be. But we’re all excited and grateful to the UIL for letting us get to this point.”

Canyon’s lead runners Breana Stuart and Abree Winfrey are two of the best in the state, and both have the potential to be in the mix when it comes to crossing the finish line first. Stuart, a junior, has been an exceptional runner for the Lady Eagles for the past three years, claiming her third straight Region I-4A individual title two weeks ago in Lubbock.

Winfrey, a sophomore, is equally impressive taking gold in the District 4-4A meet, and finished third at the state event a year ago.

“I’ve never been in a situation as a coach as I am with Breana and Abree,” Baca said. They are both extremely talented. I’ve always had a runner going down I knew that had a chance, but I’ve never been in the situation where there are two runners that have a chance to win or place in the top 5. They are completey different runners, and that’s what makes them both great. Were fortunate.”

State notes

  • The Tascosa boys team is making their first appearance at the state cross country meet for the first time since 2011.
    • The tradition-rich Randall girls are back in Round Rock after placing third at regional. The Lady Raiders have won Class 5A team state championships in 2013, 2014, 2016.
      • Wellington junior Kyla Kane punched her ticket to the state meet by winning her unheralded third straight Region I-2A individual title. Kane won the Class 2A state championship as a freshman in 2018, and came in as the runner-up last year.
        • The Perryton boys are making their first appearance at state since the 2015 season.
          • The Nazareth Swiftettes won the Region I-1A championship team championship in Lubbock two weeks ago. The Swiftettes have won six state titles in program history.
            • Shamrock’s Hayden Stroope was impressive winning the Region I-1A individual championship in Lubbock two weeks ago. Stroope is headed back to Round Rock for a fourth straight year. His best finish was 12th as a sophomore in 2018.
            • UIL state cross country meet

              at Old Settlers Park, Round Rock

              Monday’s schedule

              Class 1A

              9 a.m. girls; 9:45 a.m. boys

              Class 3A

              11:45 a.m. girls; 12:30 p.m. boys

              Class 5A

              2:30 p.m. girls; 3:15 p.m. boys

              Tuesday’s schedule

              Class 2A

              9 a.m. girls; 9:45 a.m. boys

              Class 4A

              11:45 a.m. girls; 12:30 p.m. boys

              Class 6A

              2:30 p.m. girls; 3:15 p.m. boys

              Texas Panhandle team and individual qualifiers

              Class 5A


              Qualifying team

              Randall Lady Raiders

              Ariyah Gomez, Jr.

              Romie Rubio, Jr.

              Lizzy Chen, So.

              Ashley Norman, So

              Sierra Sanchez, So.

              Aubrie Garza, Fr.

              Hailey Roberson, Fr.

              Alex Bettag, Jr. (alternate)


              Catalina Purcell, Amarillo High, Sr.

              Alexis Escobedo, Amarillo High, Sr.

              Jewel Baer, Amarillo High, Sr.

              Brooke Latham, Amarillo High, Jr.

              Emma Milsow, Amarillo High, Fr.


              Qualifying team

              Tascosa Rebels

              DJ Guerrero, Sr.

              Kaden Navarrete, Sr.

              Xander Bailey, Sr.

              Gabe Henriquez, Jr.

              Mason Haskins, Jr.

              Emilio Salas, So.

              Lane Kenney, Fr.


              Isaac McGill, Amarillo High, Jr.

              Miles Cox, Amarillo High, Jr.

              Class 4A


              Canyon Lady Eagles

              Breanna Stuart, Jr.

              Ellie Brown, Jr.

              Abree Winfrey, So.

              Rebekah Huddleston, So.

              Tia Glynn, So.

              Kinley Cornelsen, So.

              Hannah Stuart, Fr.

              Steelie Hudson, Sr. (alternate)

              Gracee May, So. (alternate)

              Thalia Solis, Fr. (alternate)

              Individual qualifiers

              Sarai Chavez, Dumas, So.

              Lexi Maul, Pampa, Jr.

              Class 4A


              Perryton Rangers

              Adrián Ceniceros, Jr.

              Julián Rivero, Jr.

              Jonathan Alaniz, Jr.

              Jorge Palma, Jr.

              Eduardo Castillo, Jr.

              Javier Ledezma, So.

              Alejandro Uribe, So.

              Individual qualifiers

              Samuel Ashley, Canyon, Sr.

              Austin Deberry, Canyon, Sr.

              Class 3A Girls


              Spearman Lynxettes

              Mia Pipkin, Sr.

              Maggie Davis, Sr.

              Braylen Lusby, Fr.

              Vanelli Delgado, Fr.

              Destinee Perez, Fr.

              Lily Scroggs, Fr.

              Jarely Munoz, Fr.

              Landrie Black, Fr. (alternate)

              Individual qualfiers

              Yvonne Legaretta, Friona, Fr.

              Clarissa Gamboa, Childress, Fr.


              Individual qualifiers

              Adrian Legaretta, Friona, Sr.

              Crawford Kiser, River Road, Sr.

              Rylun Clark, Canadian, Sr.

              Ethan Ramos, Spearman, Jr.

              Jordan Garcia, Dimmitt, Jr.

              Class 2A


              Qualifying team

              Gruver Lady Hounds

              Dylaney Weaver, Sr.

              Abigail Salgado Sr.

              Yerelin Garcia, Jr.

              Callie Conyers, Jr.

              Kyndal Seagler, Jr.

              Brenna Butler, So.

              Presley East, Fr.

              Bailey Glass, Sr. (alternate)

              Bailey Maupin, Jr. (alternate)

              Ella Babbs, So. (alternate)

              Gracee Grotegut, Fr. (alternate)

              Individuals qualifiers

              Kyla Kane, Wellington, Jr.

              Katelyn Hernandez, Sunray, Sr.

              Kadey Urbantke, Farwell, Fr.

              Annmarie Counts, Boys Ranch, So.

              Ireydi Vela, Bovina, Sr.

              Lula Nolen, West Texas High, Jr.


              Individual qualifiers

              Hayden Stroope, Shamrock, Sr.

              Levi McGill, Panhandle, Jr.

              Clint Maurer, Panhandle, Sr.

              Zahir Loya, Sunray, Fr.

              Class 1A


              Qualifying team

              Nazareth Swiftettes

              Emma Kleman, Sr.

              Kyanne Dunn, Sr.

              Bliss Betzen, Jr.

              Presley Wheeler, Fr.

              Riley Ramaekers, Fr.

              Chloe Birkenfeld, Fr.

              Clementine Myrick, Fr.

              Individual qualifiers

              Aubrie Brannon, Claude, Sr.

              Renee Fouquet, Claude, So.


              Individual qualifiers

              Stratton Potter, Texline, So.

              Alex Acevedo, Silverton, Fr.

              Caleb Homfeld, Miami, Jr.

              Daniel Quevedo, Hartley, Fr.


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