Weatherford Sports

Aledo twins twins among top five at state cross country

It's been a memorable first year of high school for twins Graydon and Gracie Morris.

The two wrapped up their freshman cross country season with the area's two best performances at the University Interscholastic League State Cross Country Meet at Old Settlers Park in Round this past Saturday.

Competing in Class 5A, Graydon finished third among the boys. His time over the 5,000-meter course was 15 minutes, 25.25 seconds.

Gracie was third among the girls, clocking 18:07.12.

Also for Aledo, senior Harrison Tillman concluded his high school career with a second straight appearance at state. He was 52nd, clocking at 16:25.90.

"Exciting to have three state qualifiers," Aledo coach Stan Reid said. "I was pleased to see both Gracie and Graydon win MVP and the Newcomer Award at the district meet. It was another proud moment to have Harrison, Gracie and Graydon on the medal stand at regionals in Lubbock.

"All three had great starts today through the first mile and a half."

Gracie was in second place at the midpoint of the race. At the midpoint of the boys race, Graydon and Harrison were first and third.

"It's been a pleasure watching Harrison develop and mature over the last four years, not only as a runner, but as a positive role model and enthusiastic captain of our cross country boys team," Reid said.

Elsewhere, Peaster sophomore Bryce Hardin finished 27th among Class 3A boys, posting a time of 16:55.50. Also in that division, Millsap senior Buster Lee was 52nd with a 17:22.42.

Weatherford freshman Sadie Tharp placed 37th among girls in Class 6A with an 18:47.64 and sophomore Kylee Laverty of Brock, in her second straight state appearance, placed 54th in 3A with a 12:44.12 over 2 miles.

"She had an outstanding freshman year and today finished the fourth fastest in 6A," Weatherford coach Ty Comstock said of Tharp. "We are truly excited to see what the future holds."