Multiple Teams · Hockersmith State Bound!

On Saturday – October 29th – the Lovejoy Girls Cross Country team competed at the UIL Region II Cross Country Championship in Grand Prairie, TX. The girls team placed 6th overall with 178 points. Teams qualifying for the state meet included Prosper, Frisco Liberty, Frisco Wakeland, and Highland Park. This was the 10th year in a row for the girls team to compete in the Regional Championship.

The girl’s team was led by Sophomore, Carson Hockersmith, placing 14th overall with a time of 19:49 and earning the 5th out of 10 individual spots to qualify for the State Meet. Carson barley missed a state qualifying spot at last year’s regional meet and overcame a stress fracture in her foot over the summer. Her hard work, perseverance and determination have paid off.

In addition to Carson’s state qualifying spot, the Lady Leopards had some great performances for the day. Sofia Estes placed 28th (20:48), Emily Gueller placed 34th (21:10), Avery Silliman placed 45th (21:18), Lacey Pelkowski placed 59th (21:43), Shaelyn Ballard placed 78th (22:29), and Andee Richardson placed 80th (22:30).

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Senior Shaelyn Ballard competing in her final UIL XC meet

Complete Region II 5A Girls Results HERE


Carson Hockersmith will compete next at the UIL 5A State Cross Country Championships. The State Championship will be held on 11/12/16 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, TX. 5A Girls race will start at 9:40 AM. Complete State Meet info can be found HERE