East Jackson's boys didn't rank in the top 10 entering the state cross country meet but they sure finished that way.
Led by Isael Guerra-Baca's time of 18:22.19 and 36th-place finish, the Eagles placed eighth in Class AAA in Friday's state meet in Carrollton.
Also running sub 19-minute times on the hilly Carrollton course were Andree Menchaca (44th, 18:36.75) and Evan Gates (46th, 18:38.63). Adding to the Eagles' point total were Theron Walker (66th, 19:11.90) and Noah Watts (73rd, 19:18.50).
On the girls' side, East Jackson placed 11th, led by Lissett Miranda's 31st-place finish (22:41.34). She was followed by Emily Parker (50th, 24:17.24), Katherine Smith (67th, 24:51.58), Alayna Castaneda (80th, 25:12.33) and Kaitlyn Weaver (91st, 25:40.28).
"I feel our teams finished on a strong note with their state finishes," East Jackson cross country coach Tomy Sitton said ."The boys made tremendous strides from the beginning of the year. The girls I felt stayed steady throughout the year snatching a region runner up trophy along the way.
"Hopefully the teams will work hard again next year and improve on their finishes at state from this year."