Four area high school cross country teams advanced to their respective state meets on Tuesday with multiple top finishes during the Region 6-3A and Region 6-4A meets.
The Coahulla Creek High School boys team and the Southeast Whitfield High School girls both placed first in their regions.
The Colts ran at Resaca Battlefield in the 3.1-mile race and scored a school-low 19 points for the win as Lane Hollis took first individually with a time of 17:10.
The Lady Raiders won their first team title for the region in school history, led by second-place finisher Guadalupe Martinez with a time of 21:15 at Roper Park in Jasper.
"The boys have had an incredible season, and we've had more depth than we've ever had," Coahulla Creek coach Shannon Coley said. "They work so hard and they are just getting stronger and stronger. Their improvement has really been tremendous."
Southeast coach Amanda Ramfjord agreed with those sentiments in speaking about her girls.
"They really wanted to be first and we knew going in that it was going to be a tough race," she said. "They've worked hard because they knew what was at stake."
For Southeast's Ally Brown, the win meant a little more since it is her senior year.
"I have coached Ally since she was in sixth grade," Southeast assistant coach Krystle Keith said. "She has been one of my top runners since then, and I know I can always count on her to give me her best. To be able to share this moment with her and her family was special."
For the Coahulla Creek boys, other scorers were Garrett Hughes, third place; Harris Gallegly, fourth place; Andrew Stamper, fifth place; and Tanner Rape, sixth place.
Other scorers for the Southeast girls were Marlene Paez, fourth place; Lizeth Cortez, 10th place; Marissa Gonzalez, 15th place; and Brown, 17th place.
The Coahulla Creek girls team also advanced to state after finishing in second place at the region meet. Kaylee Bandy was first overall to win the individual title, while other scorers were Ella Coley, seventh place; Kennedy Hughes, 14th place; April Cruz, 15th place; and Pare Chalamaneeporn, 17th place.
"Kaylee, she's just such a competitor," Coley said. "She goes into every race not only trying to do her best, but to beat herself out from her last race. The girls have come a long way, too. Sometimes it's about having the best workers instead of the best runners."
The Southeast boys team earned a berth to the state meet after finishing in third place at the region meet as Axel Salaices led the team with a sixth-place finish. Other scorers were Angel Garcia, 11th place; Noah Aguilar, 12th place; Pedro Morales, 15th place; and Mateo Triana, 30th place.
"We have a lot of young ones, so a lot of them hadn't been in that situation before," Southeast boys coach Carrie Bishop said. "I knew they should finish well and they performed well to prove it."
Southeast will race in the Class 4A state meet on Nov. 1 at Carrollton High School with the boys at 9 a.m. and the girls at 9:45 a.m. Coahulla Creek's state meet races are on Nov. 2 at Carrollton with the boys at 12:30 p.m. and the girls at 1:15 p.m.