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Kingwood state title reversed 12 November 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Editorial, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Updates.

The UIL upheld a Southlake Carroll protest Monday and corrected the scoring of Saturday’s UIL Cross Country Championships 5A girls race, switching the championship from Kingwood to Southlake Carroll.

This is a serious bummer for all concerned on the Kingwood side. I feel awful for head coach Christie Burleson and the girls, who were so elated when I talked to them by phone on Saturday. You almost get the feeling the UIL should have not made a final decision on Saturday and left both teams in limbo. No fun, but it wouldn’t cause so much pain when the decision was made. I don’t know enough about the specifics of the situation to comment, however.

The UIL, and nobody else, saw the videotape of the racers coming to the finish line. Southlake’s fifth runner reportedly placed higher than she was given credit for by the computer scoring system. Given that the UIL reviewed the tape, you have to assume the decision is the correct one, just a painful one for this community.

A second-place state finish is still a great accomplishment for Kingwood, and Burleson was quick to point out that it does not change the girls’ hard work training and racing all season. Even when she talked to me on Saturday, she said:

“At the end of the race, I asked if we ran well for ourselves. The girls competed and couldn’t have done anything more. Whatever happens, we’ll be okay. … We talked about how we thought we did, regardless of the results. They all said they didn’t think they could have done any better.”


You can’t ask for anything more than that.


In a story with a slightly happier ending, here’s the story from Kingwood Park’s first ever state championship.



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