The Running Bears won their second straight title and fourth in five years at the TAPPS 6A state meet Nov. 5 at Paul Tyson Field in Waco.
“This year’s title is extra special, as our main rival St. Agnes had improved quite a bit from last season and several coaches’ polls had them ranked ahead of us,” Coach Jonathan Moody said. “Fortunately, we ignored those who doubted us. The Bears continued to perform well under pressure at the highest level.”
Junior Caroline Miller placed second with a time of 11:55. Senior Kate Patrick (12:16) was fifth, and sophomore Elise Welch (12:24) was seventh. Other Ursuline finishers were sophomores Madeline Fynes (13th, 12:37) and Anna Miller (14th, 12:40) and seniors Eugenia Scala (17th, 12:44) and Ann Gehan (38th, 13:42).
The state course finished on a track, but Moody said his runners handled the obstacle with ease. Patience was key.