Stephenville High School has two state qualifiers in cross country this year.
Christian Brown, is returning for the Yellow Jackets in the boys division, and Emily Kirbo is going for the first time for the Honeybees seeking the girls Class 4A state championship.
Kirbo and Brown qualified for the state meet based on their performances Monday in the Region I-4A meet at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.
Along with the top four teams, the top 10 individuals who are not on one of the qualifying teams also advance to state.
Brown qualified for state last year as a junior, when he finished 84th out of 152 entries in the Class 4A meet. On Monday Brown finished 12th overall on the boys 3-mile course, with a time of 16:25.10.
Kirbo, a senior, was 15th among the girls overall, finishing the 3,200-meter course in 12:26.60.
"I'm beyond excited for Brown and Kirbo to be advancing to the state championships," SHS cross country coach Kristi Mayes stated. "Our cross country kiddos have worked extremely hard over the past six months and I love seeing the effort pay off.
"Both Brown and Kirbo are deserving athletes who have left their mark on the program. I'm so blessed to work with this amazing team."
The state meet for all classifications will be at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Class 4A girls competition is set to start at 1:20 p.m., followed by the Class 4A boys at 1:50 p.m.
Sophomore Presley Wall of Stephenville entered the regional meet with the second-best time among Class 4A girls, but finished in 29th place in the regional meet with a time of 12:50.00, three spots out of a state-qualifying finish.
After Wall for the SHS girls, Amiah Rodriguez was next (53rd, 13:17.80), followed by Daisy Richards (65th, 13:24.40), Kassidy Nowak (75th, 13:34.20), Anahi Rivas (90th, 13:50.40) and Macayla McCann (96th, 13:53.10).
After Brown on the boys side for SHS was Luis Carrillo (65th, 17:49.40), Alfonso Moreno (91st, 18:16.20), Daniel Osornio (95th, 18:21.30), Seth Garza (109th, 18:43.90), Jesus Medrano (114th, 18:45.30) and Joshue Lumbreras (116th, 18:50.60).
The Honeybees placed seventh in the girls team standings with 220 points, just behind sixth-place Brownwood at 163. Canyon won the girls team title with 33 points.
SHS was 13th in the boys team standings with 359. Andrews was the boys team champion with 63.