LUBBOCK - She just keeps getting better.

When Stephenville senior ran the regional course in a meet in October, she finished in 12:15.

Saturday, Woerner returned to Mae Simmons Park and covered the two-mile course in 11:46, shaving 29 seconds off her previous time to finish fifth individually and qualify for state in the Class 4A Region I Girls Cross Country Meet.

“If she had wrun what she did last time, she would have finished 19th,” explained Stephenville Coach Cindy Davis. “That’s how much she has improved.”

Woerner runs in the state meet next Saturday at old Settlers’ Park in Round Rock. Running for the 4A girls is slated to begin at 1:20 p.m.

“It is very similar to the course in Hamilton,” Davis said. “It’s a golf course area with rolling hills. I think the regional course is tougher than the state course, which works to our advantage.”

Following Woerner’s cue, Stephenville saved its best running of the year for Saturday’s regional.

The Honeybees finished sixth overall. Hereford dominated the event, winning the team title with only 44 oints. El Paso Chapin and FW Boswell finished second and third to qualifying for state.

Vanessa Elizondo was the second Honeybee across the finish line, stopping the clock in 12:33.

Kinsie Colegrove completed the course in a personal-record 12:56 for 65th place, followed by Emilie Woerner in 70th. Woerner also recorded a new personal record with a time of 12:58.

Caitlin Endly was the final Stephenville runner to figure in the scoring, finishing 85th in 13:11, just four seconds away from her best time of 2007.

Also running for Stephenville was Kim Gonzalez (13:23, best time of year) and Rachel Whiteley (14:10).

Davis said Allison Woerner will take part in regular track workouts Monday and Wednesday before leaving for Austin immediately following the high school pep rally Friday.

Runners will be allowed to take a practice run on the state course in Round Rock at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Elizondo will accompany Woerner to state to help her with workouts and the racing pace.