LINDSAY — A little rain didn’t slow down Lindsay.
In fact, it may have even helped a bit.
The Lindsay girls cross country team took first place and the boys took second as both qualified for regionals at the District 13-1A meet at a rain-soaked Lindsay High School on Monday.
“I think the rain helped,” Lindsay coach Robin Hess said. “I would have liked for it to be a little less windy. Other than that, this is perfect weather.”
Senior Megan Holt led the way for Lindsay with a career-best 11 minute, 58.26 second finish in the two-mile race that winded its way behind the high school before finishing on the track.
Holt topped teammate Lauren Gibbs, who took second with a 12:10.94 finish. The two have been back-and-forth in fishing first for the No. 3 state-ranked Lady Knight runners.
“They just go back-and-forth,” Hess said. “It’s really good competition between the two of them. They push each other – that’s what’s so good about it.”
Valley View’s Kayley Calhoun took third in the race with a 12:24.76 to edge out Lindsay’s Scout Tatum, who took fourth.
The top three teams and top 10 finishers regardless of teams advance to the Region II-1A meet held in Arlington on Nov. 3.
The Lindsay boys team took second behind Valley View. The Eagles cross country team had the top three finishers and four out of the five top finishers.
Valley View’s Gonzo Dominguez won the 5-kilometer race with a time of 16 minutes, 57.90 seconds. Hunter Barnes was second, Micah Davidson took third and Kollin Meyer was fifth.
John Price’s 17:21.51, fourth place finish paced Lindsay. Travis Block was sixth and Dakota Ellender was eighth.
“Our boys stepped up this year,” Hess said. “Last year our boys missed out on regionals by two points. They were really wanting it bad this year.”
Era took third in the boys race to punch its ticket to regionals. Luis Romero took seventh to pace the Hornets with a time of 18:21.87.
The Lady Hornets also clinched a berth at regionals with a second place finish. Sofia Zavala was fifth overall with a time of 13:08.69.
The Valley View girls will run at regionals as well with a third place team finish. Calhoun paced the Lady Eagles while Savanna Schneiderjan took sixth.
Muenster’s Paige Erwin will participate in the regional meet as an individual with a ninth place finish at Monday’s race. She clocked in at a time of 13:37.42.