Brynn Brown has won many races and has accumulated a lot of accomplishments throughout her Denton Guyer high school running career, but she hasn't won a Texas UIL state cross country championship until yesterday.
Then there is Flower Mound, one of the most popular and successful programs in the state. In recent years, they have qualified for the Team Cross Country Championships, but like Brown, they have never won the big one until Tuesday
Brown's ups and down have been chronicled from injuries, national level races, to elite running camps, and All-Time top times, but one accomplishment eluded her. The entire focus this season has been on winning a UIL State Cross County championship
From the start, Brown set a fast pace going through the mile in 4:53 and the 2 mile in 10:28. With 22 seconds on the nearest competitor and a state title clearly in sight, Brown was focused on the next goal - the state record. As she continued to press the pace, she managed to give it everything she had in her until she collapsed at the finish line. "I kind of went out too fast that first mile. Had to calm myself down a bit and settle in that second and third mile and just give it everything I had."
For Flower Mound, they have been on the cusp of a state championship and like many teams there was always something that didn't come together or some other team managed to run a better race that day. That was not the case on Tuesday.
A 18:33 team average and a 55 second split proved to be one of the best overall team performances of the weekend and good enough to top the defending state champions Southlake Carroll by 21 points.
Although, the effort produced the best outcome in team history, it wasn't perfect. The Lady Jags had only six of it's seven runners finish the race as one had to drop out proving how ready and how good this team was.