This past Saturday, hundreds of athletes from across Texas met at Old Settlers Park in the deeps of Round Rock, Texas to compete in the UIL Cross Country State Championship. McKinney ISD had representation in three runners, Paige Maple and Allison Fortman of McKinney Boyd, as well as McKinney North's London Culbreath.
Culbreath completed the 5A race in 18:14.72, which allowed her to finish 13th overall and she also wrapped up her high school cross country career with an exclamation point. Running fans across the state are eager to see what her future holds as she prepares for her 2020 high school track season and ultimately a four-year collegiate running career. Culbreath announced on Wednesday November 13th that she will be taking her talents to the University of Arkansas.
VYPE's very own Thomas Bingham was on the scene and able to catch Culbreath for an interview.
In the 6A class, Maple became the 44th runner to cross the finish line. She came with a time of 18:40.72, while Fortman followed at 114 with a 19.45.81 time.
Prior to that, VYPE was also on site for the Region II State Qualifier Meet. We were able to meet with McKinney North head coach Jessica Richards as she expressed her admiration for the team and their progressive season.
Richards remarked on Culbreath's ability to come out and perform with distinctiveness and humility in light of her recent success. This was the fourth consecutive year for Culbreath to compete at state, winning the last three 5A titles.