Stinson back at state meet
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Nov. 10, 2005 - COMO - For the second straight year, Como-Pickton sophomore Bethanie Stinson is heading to Round Rock and the state cross country meet.

She is hoping for a better result than she had last year at state - a 38th place finish in a time of 12:40 and was the top District 17-2A runner in the race.

"My expectations are to get to a higher position than I had last year. I hope to get in the top 20 or higher this year," Stinson said. "It was cold and it was a little bit more hilly than I thought it would be last year and it is making me be more prepared with all situations this year."

In 2004, the 20th position clocked in at 12:12, which means Stinson would have to run the best race of her career if that time holds true in this year's race at Old Settler's Park.

Stinson said she will leave for Round Rock early Friday morning to go and test out the course with her dad, which is cross country coach Tim Butts, and see what the course is like this year as she runs at 1:20 p.m. Saturday.

"I wouldn't start off too fast but fast enough to get at the right place and pace myself up where I want to be," she said. "I haven't set a goal, but I don't want it to be to drastic and I would like to get about 10 seconds faster or more hopefully from my regional time this year."

Stinson matched her regional time from last year at this season's district meet and finished second in a time of 12:22 at Lake Tawakoni, but then at the regional meet this year she ran 13 seconds slower as sickness played a part in that race.

She was third at the North Harris Community College course in a time of 12:45 and was just two seconds behind the second place runner from Warren.

"I had a really bad cold at the region meet and was on medicine and now I am still recovering from it and it was hot at the meet also," she said.

Stinson's teammate Samantha Jones was the closest CPHS runner at the regional meet with a 40th place finish in a time of 14:23, but was not able to advance to the state meet as only the top 10 runners advance.

Stinson said one of the benefits from this year compared to last year was the summer track club that she participated in to help her with her running and her form throughout the cross country season.

"I ran with a summer track club that really helped me a lot to increase my mileage and gave me a better form," Stinson said. "I run 35-40 miles a week, which is what I usually run."

Stinson said with two more years of varsity experience, she is hoping to be in the top five in the state meet by her senior year.

"My top goal is to be top five at the state meet by my senior year," Stinson said. "I need to start working harder and maybe increase my mileage as I get older."

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