Cross country tries to keep up district success


Parker Nolan

Senior Noah Landguth leads the pack at the start of the Boy’s 5k Varsity Race at Myers Park.

Joe Vastano, Staff Reporter

Cross country travels back to Myers Park in McKinney Monday for the district 10-5A championship meet. Runners have to race well in district for a chance to advance to regionals and extend their seasons.

“I feel that both teams are healthy as we have been all season long and the workouts are going great, I think that we are prepared,” head coach Greg Christensen said.

The boys team has maintained top three in the state every week. The girls were ranked 10th in Class 5A after the Oct. 2 Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas poll.

At a meet on Oct. 3 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where the boys team ran the open 10K, Will Wise was the top finisher for  the Leopards with a time of 34:26, followed by Grant Tiff at 34:34, and Noah Landguth at 35:30. The girls team’s top runner was Carson Hockersmith at 19:48 for the open 5K.

The varsity and junior varsity boys teams have not lost a district meet since 2007.

“The team has been working hard since the beginning of the year; we are as prepared as we can possibly be,” senior Ariaan Cnossen said.

With Myers Park being the annual location of the school’s home meet, the squads know the course well and feel ready to run.

“Our main focus for this race is to get out and race the best of our ability, but I think we all know that we want to win another district title to add on to the rest,” junior Grant Tiff said.