Two Marfa varsity girls runners heading for state

MARFA — Marfa cross-country had its regional meet on Tuesday, and two varsity girls runners qualified to run at the state level meet.

Marfa runner Ummi Chanez came in first in the Region 1 race, with a time around 13 minutes and 16 seconds. Meanwhile, runner Aundrea Garcia came in fifth, with a time around 13:41.

With those results, both runners have individually qualified to advance to state. This is Ummi Chanez’s second year to qualify, Marfa ISD Superintendent Oscar Aguero said in a phone interview on Wednesday, while it is Garcia’s first year.

The varsity team overall did not qualify, Aguero said. But both Chanez and Garcia are heading for the state meet, which happens in Round Rock later this month.

When the team returned on Tuesday night, they were met by a congratulatory police escort. Police turned on their sirens and flashed their lights, while supporters of the team honked their car horns.

In Presidio, the varsity boys team is also headed for state after emerging in first place at a regional meet in Lubbock. The state meet is currently scheduled for Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24.