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By Kale Steed/For Press Pass Sports—
ROUND ROCK — The Texas Panhandle showed its strength in a huge way on the girls side of the Class 2A state cross country meet Nov. 24 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
Wellington’s Kyla Kane highlighted the meet with an outstanding race, running the two-mile course in 12:08.49 to claim her second 2A individual title in the past three years.
The junior continues to put her stamp on an unbelievable running career. Kane, who has won three straight Region I-2A championships, has now taken gold at state in two of the last three years.
“Winning two state championships throughout my high school career means the world to me,” Kane said. “The countless hours of early morning runs and practice shows all the hard work and sacrifices that I have made paid off. Coach (Chris) Sumrall has been with me since the beginning and has been an amazing coach who understands me and shares the same competitive drive.
“My teammates back at home are also the reason I have the gold medal today. They understand the sport like no other and have been with me throughout the painful miles. I wanted them to know exactly what they mean to me, and that they are the number one reason I had the drive to reclaim the champion title. I also have a great family filled with support and a loving community behind me pushing me all the way.”
Kane won the Class 2A state title as a freshman, was a runner-up as a sophomore, and is now a two-time state champion with her 2020 win.
“What an accomplishment to win it in this craziest of years,” said Chris Sumrall, Lady Rocket coach. “To now have won two is really impressive. I’m really proud of Kyla for how hard she worked to be able to do this again.”
Additional Wellington cross country coaches are Shelby Jameson and Blue Franklin.
A total of four Amarillo-area runners placed in the top 10. The Gruver girls team earned a silver medal finishing second place with 72 points, coming in right behind team state champion Sundown (52 points).
Sophomore Brenna Butler placed fourth to lead the Lady Hounds, clocking a 12:45.71. Abigail Salgado also placed in the top 20, coming in 17th running a 13:06.84.
Farwell’s Kadey Urbantke (12:46.96) placed fifth as an individual, followed by Sunray’s Katelyn Hernandez in seventh with a 12:57.17.
In the boys race, Shamrock’s Hayden Stroope led all Amarillo-area runners by coming in 20th running a 17:21.44.