By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells cross country runner Alex Pearcy is not a stranger to top competition in the state.
The junior will be competing at the Class 3A state cross country meet at Old Settler’s Park on Saturday. She placed ninth overall last week at the Region I meet to qualify for the state meet. The top 10 runners from each region qualify for the state meet. The girls’ 3A race begins at 10:40 a.m.
Pearcy, who runs a competitive summer circuit schedule, also qualified for the 3A state meet as a freshman in 2011.
“I am real proud to see us get someone out to the state meet,” MWHS cross country coach Jackie Harvey said. “All of the girls worked hard and they pushed each other.
“I feel the girls and the boys ran good at the regional meet, but we just came up short as teams.
“I am proud of Alex, she has been in the program since junior high, and she puts in a lot of time and works hard over the summer.
“It is hard to be up at the high school at 6 a.m. during the week to workout, and these kids are disciplined, so it is always nice to see when they get rewarded for all of the hard work they put in.
“It’s great that Alex qualified again for state, and she earned it.”
The course at Old Settler’s Park is challenging to say the least. Not only will Pearcy be running against the state’s best girls, but the course is unlike any course she will have run on this year.
Fortunately for Pearcy, she ran the course two years ago when she qualified for state as a freshman, and all of the runners will get a chance to run the course the day before the meet