Cross country junior posts fastest 5k time in nation


courtesy of Jim McGuinness

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.