The latest state champion from Aledo is Graydon Morris. The sophomore ran into history Saturday by winning the Class 5A state cross country championship at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
Morris clocked a state-record time of 14 minutes, 58.9 seconds over 5,000 meters. It was his second consecutive year to medal at state, having finished third as a freshman.
Morris is the first boy from Parker County to win a state championship and only the second runner ever from the county to bring home a gold medal. Brock's Kamy Cole won a girls state championship in 2009.
Morris finished a sweep of winning District 6-5A, Region I and state. He finished first in five of six races this season, placing second in the other.
His twin sister, Gracie Morris, captured a bronze medal in the girls competition. She posted a time of 17:46.45.
Gracie also won district and regionals.
"Both ran great, smart races. I am so proud of both of them," Aledo Coach Mike Pinkerton said. "Very tactical races on a tough course."
In Class 3A, Peaster junior Brice Hardin placed 26th among the boys with a time of 16:58.11. Brock senior Luke Hamilton was 71st in 17:45.26.
Junior Kylie Laverty of Brock was 32nd among 3A girls with a time of 12:38.43 over 2 miles.
"Brice had such a fantastic season. He has been more focused than ever this year, and has done a great job of setting some goals for himself," Peaster coach Debra Wood said. "He has met several of his goals, such as district champion, getting a team to regionals, and a return trip to state."
This was Laverty's third consecutive trip to state, while Hardin and the Morris twins were there for a second time.
The Poolville boys qualified as a team in Class 2A. Running for the Monarchs, and their respective finishes were freshman Henry Fierro, 59th, 18:14.32; senior Garrett Mott, 99th, 18:55.73; freshman Trendan Parrish, 101st, 18:58.69; senior Brady Blevins, 120th, 19:25.86; sophomore Zaine Mansell, 130th, 19:47.03; and senior Christopher Tunnell, 146th, 20:57.57.