Melissa’s regional-champion boys cross country team placed fourth out of 16 teams competing at the Class 4A State Cross Country Championships at Round Rock, Texas, on Saturday, Nov. 4. San Elizario High School claimed the state championship with a team-average time for the 5,000-meter course of 16 minutes, 30.87 seconds. Progreso was next followed by third-place Kaufman. Bridgeport took fifth.

Individually, Cardinal freshman Judson Greer claimed third place out of 152 statewide 4A competitors, finishing in 16 minutes, 8.56 seconds. San Elizario freshman Edwin Garcia took first place with a time of 15 minutes, 36.16 seconds, followed by Kaufman sophomore Christian Rivera at 15 minutes, 58.4 seconds.

Other Melissa boys competing at Round Rock, and their times, included:

-Junior Jackson Scribner; 16 minutes, 51 seconds; 12th place

-Junior Blake Chaloupka; 16 minutes, 59 seconds; 14th place

-Freshman Lucas Tauch; 17 minutes, 42 seconds; 47th

-Senior Frank Graham; 17 minutes, 56 seconds; 59th

-Senior Dain Miller; 18 minutes, 52 seconds; 94th

-Sophomore Carson Ross; 19 minutes, 51 seconds; 108th

“I am very proud of how each of my boys competed at the state meet,” Melissa head coach Luke Scribner said. “They gave everything they had and on that day it was good enough for a fourth-place finish, which is a great accomplishment. Judson ran very well. The race was hot, windy and tough but he battled through to (make) the medal stand.

“We will lose two seniors but we also have a very young team, so the future of Melissa cross country is looking very good,” he said.