Not even a pandemic could stop Del Rio’s annual quest to reach the state cross-country meet.
Del Rio High senior Ozlynn Urias will represent Del Rio at the final UIL meet of the year in Round Rock as she finished 15th overall at the Class 6A, Region IV Girls Cross-Country Meet at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a time of 19:44.15 Tuesday morning. She was a part of the top 10 finishers not affiliated with a state-qualifying team, earning her a spot at the Class 6A State Girls Cross-Country Meet Tuesday, Nov. 24 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
For Urias, it will be her second consecutive trip to the state meet, and it will be the second straight year she will be Del Rio’s lone representative. Her appearance at the state meet also extends Del Rio’s streak of consecutive appearances at the state meet to 16.
Last year Urias finished 61st out of 149 runners at state in a time of 18:54.79.
Urias qualified for state three of her four years as part of the Del Rio High School cross-country program. As a freshman in 2017, she was a part of the varsity girls team that finished third at the regional meet and automatically qualified for state. That year, Urias finished 110th in the girls race at state.
The only year Urias did not qualify for state was 2018. That year, as a sophomore, the Queens finished 14th in the region, but Urias was 16th overall. She missed out on a trip to state by two places, or about six seconds. She was Del Rio’s top female finisher at the regional meet that year.
Urias had another strong season this year despite running in fewer races than in years past due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was first at the Del Rio High School Invitational Cross-Country Meet, was second at Cibolo, took fourth at the Spartan Home School Meet and was 10th at the very competitive FEAST meet in San Antonio.
At the Class 6A-30 meet, Urias defended her district championship by taking first in a time of 18:42.528. Her finish helped lead the Queens to the district championship and a trip to the Tuesday’s regional meet.
As a team, Del Rio finished seventh overall with 218 points. Austin Vandegrift won the regional title with 50 points. Smithson Valley was second with 91 points followed by New Braunfels (114) and Round Rock (138).
Del Rio also finished ahead of District 30-6A foe Laredo United, which had 220 points.
Urias’ teammates fared well in the race.
Sophomore Kimberly Gloria was 21st overall in 20:01.90. Senior Camila Chavez was 29th in 20:21.84. Junior Mackenzie Pulliam was 113th in 22:45.63. Sophomore Skylar Urias was 117th in 22:52.60. Junior Sydney Ballard was 131st in 23:43.72. Senior Alyssa Torres was 134th in 24:02.14.
Smithson Valley senior Amalie Mills was first overall in 18:28.39. A total of 142 girls competed in the race.
Del Rio was also represented in the Class 6A, Region IV Boys Cross-Country Race by senior Marco Trujillo.
Trujillo finished 75th overall in a time of 17:37.73.
San Antonio Johnson senior Taj Lee won the race in a time of 15:54.22. A total of 138 runners competed in the race.
Harlingen High won the boys team title with 107 points. Round Rock was second with 119 points followed by San Antonio Johnson with 123 points and Austin Vandegrift with 130 points.