The last mile of the District 8-4A varsity girls cross country meet was all about Allison Woerner.
The Stephenville runner raced past her only serious contender right after the halfway point of the two-mile course and didn’t look back until she was safely across the finish line celebrating her district championship.
“It was just an outstanding job by Allison,” Stephenville Coach Cindy Davis said. “A girl from Aledo was a little ahead of her at the one-mile mark, but the last mile was all Allison.”
A clock malfunction has caused a debate over Woerner’s official time. Meet officials reported it to be 11:48, but Davis, timing with a stop watch, said she believes Woerner’s time to be 11:41.
Stephenville wasn’t satisfied with only having one Honeybee headed to regionals, so the whole team qualified.
All seven varsity girls ran their best times of the 2007 season.
“It just gives me chills to see these kids work so hard and then run their best times at district,” Davis said.
The personal bests were just short of earning the Bees the team title. Crowley repeated as 8-4A champs with 50 points, while Aledo was second with 55. Stephenville came in third with 62.
Vanessa Elizondo medaled as the 10th finisher in 12:35, while the rest of the Bees ran in a tight pack.
Kristy Ruiz was 16th in 12:58, Kensie Colegrove was 17th in 13:01 and Emilie Woerner finished 18th in 13:03. Caitlin Endly was the 19th finisher with a time of 13:07.
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 email@example.com.