After seven meets, the Waxahachie Indians and Lady Indians are ready to truly begin their respective runs at the cross country state championships in Round Rock.
Both teams will head back to Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie to compete in the District 7-6A meet alongside some of the top runners in Dallas-Fort Worth on Thursday morning. The Lady Indians will also look to repeat as district champions for the first time in program history and first-ever year in Class 6A.
The site is the same terrain that saw the Lady Indians finish third and Indians ninth in the annual Ken Gaston Invitational held Thursday, Sept. 27.
The girls were led by Emily Mackel (3rd, 19:09.1), Emma Curry (12th, 19:41.9) and Alyson Moore (19:41.9), while Julius Luna paved the way for the boys with a 17th-place finish in 16:46.1.
Based solely on previous-best times this season and without context as to the terrain the races were run on, Athletic.net projects the Indians to finish fifth in the upcoming district meet with 138 points behind Mansfield Summit (43 points), Mansfield (49), Mansfield Lake Ridge (84) and Grand Prairie (108)
It notes Luna would finish 10th based on his season-best time of 16:40.2, while Sam Molina would be 20th based on his 17:19.7.
On the girls' side, the projections place Waxahachie on top of the District 7-6A podium with 27 points, well ahead of Mansfield (43) and Mansfield Lake Ridge (102).
Athletic.net also projects Emily Mackel (2nd), Emma Curry (3rd), Allyson Moore (4th), Cori Morgan (8th) and Charley Hearron (10th) to all place in the top-10.
The Lady Indians enter the district meet ranked No. 16 in the Texas Milesplit 6A poll. The Indians are not currently ranked.
Both Waxahachie teams will face their new District 7-6A foes for the first time, though they've already competed against a few during previous meets this season. Those teams include Mansfield Summit, Mansfield, Mansfield Lake Ridge, Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill, South Grand Prairie and DeSoto.
WEATHER FOR THE MEET
According to weather.com, runners should expect temperatures in the high-50s to low-60s at the start of the race at 9 a.m. Thursday. There is currently a zero-percent chance for precipitation after just a 10-percent chance on Wednesday.
UP NEXT FOR WAXAHACHIE
The top three varsity boys' and girls' teams advance to the 6A Region I Championship scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.