photo by Gracie Johnson

The boys cross country team finished 3rd and the girls won the district championships at Decker Lake on October 12. They encountered new district runners and a new course.  The team ultimately dominated these unknowns.

“Each meet is interesting, because it presents its own different challenges,” Assistant Coach Travis Crain said.

In the first meet of the season at Ranch Park, the junior varsity boys team took 1st place with varsity getting 2nd. The varsity girls finished in 2nd place, with the junior varsity girls team getting 3rd place. From the beginning of the season, the team expected high finishes.

“Any competition is always going to be competition,” sophomore Caleb Lopez said. “It doesn’t matter what school. There is always going to be competition.”

While no longer facing power houses such as Boerne Champion and Kerrville Tivy, the team met up with the likes of LBJ and McCallum at the district championships.

In the second meet of the season at the Austin ISD XC invite, the varsity and JV boys placed 2nd as did the JV girls team. The varsity girls took home 1st place.

After another week of preparation, the Tigers competed in the St. Andrews Invite where both varsity and junior varsity boys got 4th place. The varsity girls took home 2nd place this meet, in addition to the junior varsity girls placing 1st. Second place finishes in the Gold Division at the Corpus Christi Islander Splash also encouraged the squad.

Before the district championships, Lopez emphasized the team’s mentality.

“Let’s run our race,” Lopez said,  “and just go out there do the best you can.”

Their best may be another berth in the state championships. The regional meet is at Texas A&M Corpus Christi Oct. 22.

Written by Collin Spires, Staff Writer