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Cross country junior posts fastest 5k time in nation

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Junior Will Muirhead keeps a steady pace at the Plano ISD Invitational.

Junior cross country runner Will Muirhead hit the ground running into the season by finishing his 5k with the fastest time in the nation last weekend in the Plano ISD Invitational meet.

Lovejoy took first place last weekend with Muirhead finishing first overall. His time was 15:27, crushing his state championship time of 15:52 which earned him eighth in that race last season.

“The way we performed showed that we trained well over the summer, but [we] definitely still have some work to do before championship season rolls around,” Muirhead said.

Last season, the boys cross country team won its second straight state championship. With three seniors gone from last season’s team, Muirhead and fellow junior Brady Laboret will lead the Leopards this year as they look for their third consecutive state championship title.

“Our expectations for the season are the same as last year–which is to win the state championship as a team again,” Muirhead said. “Everyone on the team believes it’s possible, and we’re all working hard to do so.”

Other top finishers for Lovejoy were Laboret at fourth place with a time of 16:05 and senior Chayden Dubois at ninth place with his time of 16:38.

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Joe Vastano, Staff Writer
Joe Vastano is your average Joe. He is a senior who really likes sports, fishing, and running. Texas A&M is his favorite college, so he cheers for them in any sport, especially football and basketball. Joe has also grown up as a Dallas fan, so the Cowboys and Mavericks will always be his pro teams. When he is not watching sports, he is playing them. His favorite is basketball, and he can be found playing it at any rec center or gym in the area. Joe is hoping that his lengthy time as a staff writer, and his previous term as editor-in-chief of Leopard Life in middle school will pay off in his last go around. Joe is looking forward to grand finale year with his equally superior right hand man Drew Doig.

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