For the first time in the school’s history, Alvarado High School has a female state champion in athletics.
On Saturday, freshman Emily Garcia cruised to the Class 4A state title, finishing the two-mile course three seconds ahead of the second place finisher in 11:28.
At the district meet three weeks ago, Garcia won by over 35 seconds and at the regional meet she topped the second place finisher by 15 seconds.
“Only one word describes Emily, amazing!” coach Darryl Bishop said.
Garcia’s first place finish was only the beginning of what turned out to be an even more historic day for the Lady Indians as the team placed third overall.The team’s third place finish at state comes just two weeks after it finished fourth at the regional meet in Lubbock. In finishing third, the Lady Indians beat each of the three teams that finished ahead of the at the regional meet and one other regional champion.