The Waxahachie Lady Indians cross country team made quite a bit of history Thursday before most of their classmates took lunch.
On the familiar course Thursday morning at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie, all seven of the Lady Indians varsity runners placed in the top-15 during the District 7-6A cross country meet to give the girls' program its first-ever back-to-back district championship.
The boys' program has previously won five consecutive district championships. In fact, current head coach Edward De La Cruz was a member of the fifth team.
The district title is also the first for any Waxahachie program at the 6A level.
And, it all unfolded in about two minutes and 45 seconds after Emma Curry crossed the finish line in 19:15.0 to place first individually.
Emily Mackel then crossed the line five seconds later in second place. She was followed by Alyson More (3rd, 19:23.7 PR), Cori Morgan (6th, 20:34.4), Cathryn Bigham (8th, 20:56.9 PR), Charley Hearron (9th, 21:03.5) and Mariel Camargo (15th, 21:56.1).
"Not all of them have been that good together at the same time but throughout the year their times have all been good, which is why they have been ranked among the top teams in Texas," De La Cruz said of the No. 16 Lady Indians, according to Texas Milesplit. "Today was a great day to showcase them all working together."
De La Cruz said he did not get to see the top three finish because he was working to push the final four through the finish line. But, as soon as he got to the finish line, "I told them how happy and proud of them I was and then went to get the boys ready."
He added, "I'm really happy for the girls and I want them to celebrate it. They deserve it. But our eyes are now set on regionals because I want these girls to have a chance to go to state and I think they have a great chance.
"[...] My focus now is on what we need to do during this week coming up to put them in the best possible position to have the best chance to take out one of those top-four juggernauts."
So who are those juggernauts?
Well, to start, Keller won its second consecutive 6A state championship last year at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. Southlake Carroll has won six state championships in the previous decade. Flower Mound has one of the best team times in the state this year and then there is Coppell, who was a big-time competitor in the 6A Region II meet last year.
"These are the best of the best programs in the state of Texas and we will have to beat one of those in the regionals," De La Cruz said.
The first-place finish moves the Lady Indians on to the 6A Region I championships at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock on Monday, Oct. 22.
"At the end of the day, the girls really were happy. When you put that much work into something....and these girls run year-around and as soon as the regional [meet] was over the majority of them took two weeks off and then started to run again," De La Cruz added. "[...] This has been a grind, but a good grind, and now they are seeing the results and it is an amazing feeling."