Cross country looks to showcase months of training at district


Parker Nolan

Senior and varsity cross country captain Nathan Hartter at the start of the Lovejoy Cross Country Festival. The boys and girls team will compete at the 5A district meet on Oct. 21.

Joe Vastano, Staff Reporter

Enduring tough speed workouts in the last couple of weeks, the team has been anticipating the opportunity to compete against district foes. The Leopards will be running in the region 2, district 15 meet at Myers Park in McKinney on Oct. 21.

Among the top competition for the girls team are Highland Park, Wylie East, and Royse City. For the boys team, it will be Royse City and Wylie East.

“I think the team is well prepared for district and I expect to see another district title for both Varsity and JV guys,” senior captain Grant Tiff said.

The Leopards will be running at Myers Park in McKinney and contains a series of hills and sharp turns. Previously in the season, the Leopards ran their home meet, the Lovejoy Cross Country Fall Festival, at Myers Park so the team already has a feel for the course and how to run it.

At the last meet, the teams competed in the Carroll Dragon Cross Country Classic at Southlake. The boys team took second place and the girl’s team took 12th out of 28.

“Our last race it rained a ton and it was a super muddy course so everyone’s times were a lot slower,” senior captain Shaelyn Ballard said. “We have done a lot of speed workouts and so that is going to help us drop our times to where we need to be for district.”

The top individual times for the boys were senior Grant Tiff, finishing 5th at 16:12, sophomore Brett Pedersen, 20th at 16:24, freshman Brady Laboret, 21st at 16:25, junior captain Ryan Brands, 33rd at 16:55, and junior captain Bradley Davis, 35th at 16:57.

The girls’ top times were sophomore Carson Hockersmith, 29th at 19:48, junior captain  Emily Gueller at 20:40, freshman Sophia Estes at 21:05, and Ballard at 21:08.

If the teams advance out of the district meet, they will compete at regionals in Grand Prairie next week.