ROUND ROCK — Prosper sophomore Aubrey O’Connell won the Class 6A girls state cross-country title to cap a stellar season and the Lady Eagles finished in third in the 6A state meet at Old Settlers Park on Nov. 9.
O’Connell beat runner-up Eva Jess from El Paso Franklin by more than six seconds, as the Prosper runner finished with a time of 17:05.95 to Jess’ 17:12.18.
“We are proud to congratulate the entire Girls’ Cross Country team bringing home the bronze medal from the State Meet,” Prosper Independent School District Superintendent Drew Watkins said in his PISD Express newsletter. “And to add a super wow to that wow, sophomore Aubrey O’Connell is the 6A state champion!”
O’Connell previously was named the district champion and MVP at the 6A district meet on Oct. 18 and then took the Region II-6A gold.
At the state meet, Prosper’s Tatum Castillo finished in 30th with a time of 18:28.07, Alexis Svoboda finished in 37th with a time of 18:34.69, Emily Kern finished in 38th with a time of 18:37.56, Sadie Gonzales finished in 47th with a time of 18:41.91, Kiristin Towle finished in 56th with a time of 18:51.24 and Kate Parkson finished in 125th with a time of 20:10.70.
The team’s third place finish was behind Southlake Carroll in first and Humble Kingwood in second.
Watkins also said a state championship banner commemorating O’Connell’s title is forthcoming.
“Unfortunately for the rest of the state, they will have to put up with her for the next two years — my money is on her,” he said. “Most of us get out of breath running to the dinner table… Aubrey and her teammates train over hundreds and hundreds of miles in a season — impressive dedication. Congratulations again to Aubrey O’Connell — her banner will be raised with the other state champions in the coming months.”
Prosper girls cross country team took the Region II-6A gold for the second straight year last month at the Jessie Owens Memorial Complex.
During that meet, O’Connell beat runner-up Brenna Zerby from Allen by almost 30 seconds, as the Prosper runner finished with a time of 17:36.57 to Zerby’s 18:05.22.
The Region II-6A gold was the second in as many years since moving up to Texas’ largest classification.