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Lady Blue go extra mile

Farwell sophomore Salida Edwards, seen here during basketball practice, will compete along with the rest of the girls cross country team Saturday in the Class 1A cross country championship in Round Rock, Texas. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth

Before the summer workouts began, Farwell cross country coach Korey Conkin decided training was going to get a little harder for the Lady Blue. She added an extra mile to the daily running regiment and the girls soon became accustomed to running up and down the bleachers of the football field.

“She told us it was going to be a lot harder and we were going to have to push ourselves,” senior Melissa Howard said. “We’ve pushed ourselves to the extreme.”

They’ve also pushed themselves all the way to the state meet.

The Lady Blue qualified for Saturday’s Class 1A state meet at Round Rock after taking third at regionals last week in Lubbock. This came after qualifying for regionals by taking third at district. The top three teams move advance.

They’ve also had some help from an infusion of new blood.

Freshmen Shelby Christian and Salida Castillo have come in and led the team.

“We knew they were going to be pretty good, but they’re our top two runners now,” Howard said.

Christian said no matter how the Lady Blue does at Round Rock, the season will be a success. However, Conkin said if things fall just right, the Lady Blue could better their best finish at state of fifth place.

“If we run exactly as we ran at regionals, we’re good for third place,” she said.