Performing on the biggest stage possible – a state championship game, or a state tournament – is one of, if not the, main goals of any high school athlete, especially in Texas.

Four Kilgore-area athletes did just that on Saturday in the University Interscholastic League’s state cross country meet, held at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. The UIL welcomes qualifying runners from all six classifications, and runners from Kilgore High School and Sabine High were both on hand.

Sabine’s David Robinson, back at Round Rock for a second straight season, finished 22nd in the boys Class 3A run, late Saturday morning. Robinson, coached by Jason Heffner, finished the course in a time of 16 minutes, 27.98 seconds. Edwin Zamudio of Luling had the winning time (15:35.87).

Kilgore’s Zoe Craven and Emma Taylor ran the Class 4A girls course at noon. Both are multi-sport athletes. Taylor finished 76th out of 151 runners in 12 minutes, 54.94 seconds. Craven was 98th in 13 minutes, 7.15 seconds. Jaci McGregor of Salado won, in a time of 11:24.05. Kilgore’s girls cross country coach is Todd BonDurant, also the head girls soccer coach. BonDurant is in his first season at Kilgore.

Austin Bain ran for the Bulldogs in the boys Class 4A run, right after the girls run concluded. Bain, coached by Phillip Lane, finished in 65th place of 151 runners, in a time of 16 minutes, 43.75 seconds.

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