Tessa Medrano became the first state qualifier in the history of the Village Academy girls cross country program by placing seventh of 131 runners in the Division III regional meet Oct. 29 at Pickerington North.

Tessa Medrano became the first state qualifier in the history of the Village Academy girls cross country program by placing seventh of 131 runners in the Division III regional meet Oct. 29 at Pickerington North.

The senior, who has placed in the top 10 in all 10 races in which she has competed this season, finished in 20 minutes, 18.91 seconds as Fairfield Christian's Kyleigh Edwards won in 18:46.44. The top 20 runners advanced to the state meet Saturday, Nov. 5, at National Trail Raceway.

Medrano had advanced to regional by placing seventh of 142 runners at district Oct. 22 at Watkins Memorial in a personal-record 19:39.15. Village Academy finished 13th of 20 teams as the top four advanced to regional.

Last season, Medrano became Village Academy's first regional qualifier. She finished 20th (20:19.7), falling four spots shy of a state berth.