In many other districts, the Stephenville boys would have been a serious title contender.

In the tough 7-4A, the Yellow Jackets were just another also ran at the District Cross Country meet in Cleburne Saturday.

“It makes me sick when I see the times from other districts,” Stephenville Coach Cindy Davis said. “It just goes to show you how tough our district is.”

Stephenville finished sixth as a team, while Joshua shocked everyone by winning the championship.

“They were in last place entering District,” Davis said. “Everyone was shocked. They even shocked their coach.”

John Matt Allen led Stephenville with a three-mile personal record of 18:04. Dillon Auvenshine kept up with Allen’s pace and recorded a time of 18:08 to finish 23rd.

The next Stephenville runner across the line was Jake Singleton, who came in 26th with a time of 18:32. Jacob Vaughn stopped the clock at 18:44 for 32nd place, while Brandon hall was 33rd in 18:47.

Elijah Martin and Mica Muir also ran for the Jackets, finishing in 20:34 and 21:10, respectively.

Each runner recorded his best time of the year, and Davis reported that the times were better overall than those turned in by the 2003 Jackets that qualified for regionals.

District champ Joshua scored 60 points, while Cleburne was second with 68. Aledo had 72 and came in third.

Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at brad.keith@empiretribune.com.