ROUND ROCK - Eustace senior Chanda Westbrook was making her fourth appearance at the state cross country meet.
In her three previous tries, she improved each time she crossed the finish line.
Now she is a state champion.
Westbrook finished the Class 3A girls 3,200 meters in a time of 11 minutes and 24 seconds Saturday afternoon at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock.
She won the race by nearly nine seconds ahead of second-place Alexandra Early of Randolph.
The girls 3A champion was East Bernard with Eustace finishing as state runner-up with East Bernard taking the team title. The Eustace runners were Shelby White (11th, 12:00.09), Cara Henson (20, 12:16.83), Skye Burns (39, 12:34.42), Maxy Penix (60, 12:48.50), Reece Thorne (74, 12:55.98) and Sabrina Davis (95, 13:14.21).
In the Class 3A boys state 5K race, Eustace was third, led by 10th place Ericsen Gudjohnsen (16:22.00).
Edgewood’s Cody Delarosa was the area’s top 3A boys finisher, crossing the line in 4th place in a time of 15:59.16. Kyle Doty of Bruceville-Eddy was the boys champion in a time of 15:24.02.
In Class 6A, Robert E. Lee sophomore Haftu Knight squared off against what REL coach Dennis Baker called a “stacked field” for the 6A boys 5K race. He crossed the line in a time of 15:58.15.
Sam Worley of New Braunfels Canyon was the 6A boys champion in a time of 14:40.82.
The Woodlands was the boys team champion with Southlake Carroll for second and Flower Mound finished third.
In the girls race, Houston Lamar’s Julia Heymach finished as 6A champion in a time of 17:12.78. Keller won the girls state title with Southlake Carroll runner-up and The Woodlands in third.
Rockwall’s Ariell Hopkins, the District 11-6A champion, finished 91st in a time of 19:34.16.