Vandegrift cross country sends 20 students to state

Vandegrift cross country boys make history by getting second place at regionals which qualified them for state. Photo by Jessica Haley

Results from Colin Sully, VHS head cross country coach:

Congratulations to both the Girls and Boys VXC State Teams on a spectacular November 6 morning at Old Settlers Park!

“The girls, led by sophomore Kaitlyn Jones, finished the 6A race in 8th overall. The Boys team in their 6A state debut finished 14th overall! Junior Kevin Sanchez pulled away from the pack at the mile mark and didn’t look back finishing in 14:53 and is the first XC State Champion in Vandegrift HS history!

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Vandegrift girls cross country team heads to state.


Vandegrift is sending 20 students to the state cross country meet, Nov. 6 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. The girls team is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and the boys team 12:10 p.m. 

“We’re really excited to finally see both of our teams compete on the 6A State stage,” said Colin Sully, VHS head cross country coach. “We’ve had a fantastic season and are eager to race against the best in the state. Our girls are coming in super confident after winning their second Region IV-6A Championship in a row and our boys team is firing on all cylinders right now.”

Vandegrift cross country boys make history by getting second place at regionals which qualified them for state.

Q&A: The countdown till state


Vandegrift Voice

With the UIL state cross country meet last Saturday, Vandegrift Viper competitors junior Kevin Sanchez, and sophomores Brayden Schick, Annie Burton and Svea Jones share their thoughts in a Voice Q&A.

Q: This is the first time in school history that the boys team is going to state, how are you feeling about that?

Sanchez: Pretty hyped. I mean we are all pretty excited, just like a really big accomplishment in school history as we know.

Burton: I think having the boys with us is just going to encourage us even more to try our best because they are making history.

Jones: Yeah I think we are all just really proud of them.

Q: You guys got first at region, how do you feel about that?

Burton: Definitely very pumped because we are seated to be the top four going into state so I really hope to get on the podium.

Jones: I think we’ve definitely worked hard for it, so it’s worth it. 

Q: What are some goals you have in going to state, what times do you want to get?

Schick: Personally I want to break 16 and as a team [I’m] hoping that we can be on the podium.

Sanchez: I’m going to try going for the school record, which is 14:39. Anthony Monte broke it in 2019, but I don’t know if it’s going to be possible.

Burton: I would definitely love to break 18:30 because my personal record is 18:28, so personal recording at state would be great.

Jones: I’m not exactly sure if I want to have a specific time, but just trying to push myself.

Q: Brayden this is your first time actually going to state with VXC, how are you feeling about this?

Schick: I’m pretty excited. It’s a lot of the other boys’ first time as well, so I think we are all pretty hyped and we want to throw down a great time.

Q: Kevin this is your second time going to state, is there any pressure as you are a district and regional champion?

Sanchez: I definitely feel like I need to show up and do my absolute best, but generally I’m just excited and looking forward to running.

Q: This is your second time going to state, how are you guys feeling?

Burton: I’m feeling pretty good. The regional meet went very well, so I’m just hoping to keep it going.

Jones: I’m really excited to see what happens.

Q: What are some ways you guys have been prepping to get ready for state?

Schick: Obviously we’ve been hydrating a lot and getting a lot of sleep, not eating too much candy, especially after Halloween.

Sanchez: Just trying our best in the workouts and just generally having a lot of fun with our training, because just having fun is the point.

Burton: I’ve just been personally drinking a lot of water, trying to get more sleep, but it’s a little more hard with school

Jones: Trying to hydrate and sleep.

Taylor Chronert is a senior and in her second year with the Vandegrift Voice. She enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, running, spending time with friends, and working at her job.