HCISD runners take on the field at state

Staff Report 

Hays High junior Abby Parra stops her watch as she crosses the finish line at the Hays CISD Invitational meet held earlier this year. Parra will run in her third straight state cross country meet Tuesday.

On Tuesday, a pair of Hays CISD cross country athletes will take on the state’s best when they run at the UIL cross country championships at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. That includes Hays High junior runner Abby Parra who will make her third straight appearance at state following a 12th place finish at the Region IV, 6A championships in Corpus Christi. Joining Parra at state will be Johnson Jaguar sophomore runner Kyra Gaddy who is making her second straight state appearance after snagging the 10th and final individual state spot at the Region IV, 5A meet. Gaddy out-ran an opponent in the final 400-plus meters of the course to finish 28th at Region and qualify for state.

Johnson Jaguar Kyra Gaddy (4, left) sprints down the final few meters as she attempts to catch up to a Dripping Springs Tiger runner at the Hays CISD invitational. Gaddy will run in her second straight UIL cross country meet Monday.

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