Hensley medals at state, first female in school history


Breaking multiple school and personal records, junior Zoe Hensley placed seventh at regionals, held at Mae Simmons Park on Oct. 23.

Her time of 18:12.64, qualified her for state competition, the first female in school history to do so.

The state competition was held on Nov. 4 and Hensley finished 10th, breaking three school records and setting a new PR at 18:12.17.

Despite being nervous, Hensley credits her coaches and team for getting her ready to run.

“Before the race I was nervous because I wanted to represent my school well and I knew that I would be running against good runners ,”
Hensley said. “I tried to focus on how my coaches, team members and other supporters have prepared me both physically and mentally to the best of their ability.”

Despite starting the team late in the season last year, Hensley remained calm and concentrated on the course.

“During the race I focused on getting a good start. The course was difficult due to twists and turns and gradual hills that were saved until the end. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without God guiding me to the course and give me the ability to run well,” Hensley said.

The cross country boys team won back-to-back district championships at the district meet this year, with the varsity girls team placing second. Both teams advanced to regionals in Lubbock, with only Hensley qualifying for state