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    Michael Goodman and Kelli Tucker stand in front of a state qualifier sign after qualifying for the State Cross Country Meet. Photo Courtesy/Michael Goodman

Goodman, Tucker advance to state

Kelli Tucker and Michael Goodman ran well enough at their regional meet Oct. 28 in Grand Prairie to advance to the UIL Cross Country State Meet.

Tucker and Goodman both made it as individuals, with Goodman finishing 22nd overall and Tucker finishing 15th. The top four schools in each category advance as a team, so when their runners were removed Tucker finished 7th overall and Goodman finished 5th.

Tucker, who won the district meet at Perrin on Oct. 16 and the Perrin Meet on Oct 2, finished with a season best 13:20.52. Head Cross Country Coach Lloyd Tucker, her father, said he was very proud of how she performed.

“We’ve been working on conditioning and keeping our times down the last two weeks,” Tucker said. “The conditions over there were a lot tougher but it played to our favor and helped her get to where she needed to get.”

Goodman started running cross country this year and also won the district meet and the Perrin Meet. He said he was worried about the conditions but pulled through and earned himself a state berth.

“Right before we started the race it started raining,” Goodman said. “Conditions were tough and the hills were slick but I found my way around it and now I’m a state qualifier.”

For more on this story, see the Wednesday, November 6 edition of the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette.

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