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East Jackson's Andree Menchaca stays ahead of a pair of runners during Friday's  (Nov. 6) Class AAA boys' state meet in Carrollton. 

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."

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