The top three teams and top 10 individuals qualify for the Class 3A cross country meet in Round Rock.
“It’s going to be tough. The girls are in a tough region,” Harvey explained. “Dalhart was a state finalist last year and they have almost everyone returning, and Liberty Hill and Brownwood have also not lost much and were one of the top three teams in the region last year.
“You have to consider all three front runners this year considering how many returning runners they have.
“It would be a good accomplishment for our girls if they get out to state.
“Our girls are a whole lot better than they were last year.
“They are stronger, and they have put in a lot more time.
“They have run good all year long and I think that is something that will carry over to the regional meet.
“They have competed well all year long.”
The Rams will be led by junior Preston Brooks, who placed second overall at the district meet. Rams runners Keith Stafford (fourth) and Juvaree Sutton (sixth) also finished in the top 10at the district meet.
Joining the trio for the regional meet will be Curtis Allred, Everitt Jordan and Sergio Velasquez.
Harvey explained why Brooks went form an 11th-place finish last year at the district meet to a runner-up finish in 2013.
“Preston has put in a lot of time ever since we got out of school last May,” Harvey said. “He worked hard all summer long, and that is what it takes to succeed in the fall.
“He dedicated himself, and he ran a lot on days it was 100 degrees or more. He worked hard all summer, and it shows.
“I encourage all of my runners to get out in the summer and run, but Preston probably put in more mileage than any kid on the team, boy or girl.”