Instead of sending individual runners to the state meet, the Shiner Lady Comanches will be sending the entire team to compete in Round Rock.
Shiner Lady Comanches 2020 UIL Region IV-2A Cross-Country Champions. From left is Rylee Vancura, Mari Grosenbacher, Riley Rainosek, Jocelyn Moreno, Megan Epley, Hannah Pustka, Hayleigh Burns, Katie Machart and Bailey Jean Smith. photo contributed by Coach Michelle Winkenwerder
Shiner took first place in the Region IV-2A Cross-Country championships on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and had two runners in the top 10 individually.
Shiner’s top finisher was freshman Rylee Vancura who was clocked at 13 minutes, 4.10 seconds and an average of 6:32 a mile for fifth place. Mari Grosenbacher was No. 10 with a final time of 13:19.67 (6:40).
Riley Rainosek was No. 15 with 13:38.96 (6:49). Hayleigh Burns was No. 29 in 14:02.46 (7:01); Jocelyn Moreno was No. 32 in 14:09.91 (7:05).
Bailey Smith was No 34 with a clocked time of 14:15.67 (7:08). Katie Machart was No. 58 with 15:20.85 (7:40).
The Lady Comanches program has not had a team qualify for the state meet for over two decades.
With a regional championship under the belt, expect the Lady Comanches to have a great shot on placing in the top three in the team standings and to have a chance for an individual top 10 finish.
Whatever happens at state, the Lady Comanches can be proud in that they earned a regional championship and the first Shiner girls team to make state for a long time.
The Shiner Lady Comanches are scheduled to race at 9 a.m on Tuesday ( November 24, 2020 ). For more information, please go to https://www.uiltexas.org/cross-country/state.
( see also this Victoria Advocate story )