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Cross country coach aims for top 10

By Megan Wehring

DRIPPING SPRINGS – Kourtney Morris, head coach of girls cross country at Dripping Springs High School, looks for her team to make it into the top 10 every year. 

This year, the team made its ninth-straight state appearance and recorded a 16th-place finish at the UIL 6A State Meet on Friday, Nov. 8 in Round Rock. Madison Johnson was the top finisher for the Tigers with a time of 20:34 over the 3.2-mile course. Rylea Bernhard (20:58), Mia Simons (21:02), Alexa Velasco (21:14), Chandler Latham (21:25), Sofia Vences (21:39) and Laurel Hoskovec (21:53) represented Dripping Springs with the top five finishers contributing to the team score of 422 points. 

The DSISD board of trustees recognized the team for its successful season at the Nov. 14 meeting. 

“We didn’t really know what to expect at the 6A level,” Morris said in her presentation. “We learned that it’s really competitive [and]what it’s going to take to be there next year. Hopefully, [we]will be in the top 10 every year from here on out.”

Morris said that not only are the girls excellent athletes, but they are dedicated students in the classroom. She added that it’s exciting that she will be able to welcome back all of them to the team next year because none of them are seniors. 

“The best part for me as a coach is I get to have them all come back next year and compete together again,” Morris concluded.

About Author

Megan Navarro (formerly Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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