Lady Bears win regional cross-country title
SAN ANTONIO -- La Vernia’s Lady Bear cross-country team won the Region IV Class 3A Championship this past Saturday, besting a field of 24 teams. The team will now advance to the UIL State Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 10, at Old Settlers’ Park in Round Rock, where it will put its win-loss record of 139-1 to the test.
“Our girls ran extremely well as a team,” said Head Coach Richard Hinojosa. “The competition this week is going to be incredible, but we believe we have a great shot at doing well.”
For the second year in a row, La Vernia qualified three girls individually. Bailee Vrana, Olivia Hinojosa, and Dakota Guerrero all qualified to state by placing in the top 10. Robert Guzman and Dillon Goan also qualified for state by placing in the top 10 and leading the Bears to an eighth-place team finish.
“We’re humbled and honored to represent our school and community,” Hinojosa added. “Our kids have worked hard. They’re going to give their very best effort and that’s all we can ask. There isn’t a weak team in the field and there will be about 100 runners who ran tough to qualify. We’re excited for the competition.”
The girls’ race will begin at 11:40 a.m., and the boys Class 3A race will start shortly thereafter at noon.
Region IV results:
Lady Bears: Bailee Vrana, second, 11:55.90; Olivia Hinojosa, fourth, 11:57.80; Dakota Guerrero, eighth, 12:12.30; Jessica Perry, 16th, 12:31.00; Shaley Trammell, 21st, 12:38.60; Brianna Kruciak, 76th, 13:21.70; Elizabeth Moczygemba, 132nd, 14:21.60.
Bears: Robert Guzman, fifth, 16:37.40; Dillon Goan, sixth, 16:39.10; Andrew Cribb, 27th, 17:35.10; Drake Bruner, 103rd, 18:52.00; Gage Brandt, 104th, 18:53.90; Michael Leija, 127th, 19:35.20; Zachary Lansford, 150th, 20:12.60.