The Pope boys finished third behind Northview and Sequoyah, but it did not have any finishers in the top 10.
Carlos Quintana (11th, 17:07.97) led the Greyhounds. Also scoring were Josef Schuster (15th, 17:13.76), Jarrod Howell (19th, 17:19.18), Gerson Guzman (21st, 17:21.43) and Jacob Greer (28th, 17:37.17).
Sprayberry was eighth in the team standings. They Yellow Jackets were led by Zach Wood (25th, 17:29.92) and Will Schuelke (29th, 17:38.12).
On the girls side, Pope was second behind Northview. Also qualifying for the state meet were Creekview and Riverwood.
Pope coach Christine Dahlhauser was pleased to get both the boys and girls teams through to the state meet by way of their top-four finishes.
“The boys ran so well as a team,” she said. “It’s everything I could have hoped for. They pulled it together and just created that score they needed to get to state. We graduated so many seniors last year, they have really had to work to create something special.
“On the girls side, they are still a young team, so they are building. We are shooting for a podium spot at state next week.”
The Lady Greyhounds were led by Ashley Kehoe’s second-place finish in 18:40.61. Brittany Powell (11th, 20:02.92), Heather Thornton (22nd, 20:58.79), Kristen Shaeffer (23rd, 21:02.86) and Heather Giles (25th, 21:12.63) also scored for Pope.
Kell’s Olivia Terwilliger (sixth, 19:30.17) qualified for the state meet as an individual by placing in the top six. The Lady Longhorns finished seventh in the team standings, two points behind Cambridge and seven points behind fifth-place Sprayberry, who was led by Nadia Hawk (eighth, 19:55.73).