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Cross country competed at state level

Olivia Lauter
Senior Trevor Malik leads the school’s runners at the beginning of the race. Malik finished in first out of the school’s runners and in eighth overall.

The cross country team, despite breaking record times, was not able to make the podium at the state meet in Round Rock on Nov. 23. The boys team placed fifth. 

“I am not satisfied because we didn’t place as well as we are capable of, but with that being said, we were down two of our best runners which hurt us a lot,” head coach Carly Littlefield said.

Although none of the boys or girls placed in the top three, senior Trevor Malik placed 18. The highest placing runner for girls was freshman Kailey Littlefield, who placed eighth. 

“I wouldn’t say any of the team is necessarily happy with how we placed, but we all ran our best,” Malik said. “I couldn’t ask for a better team.”

The team worked on specific drills to help them improve their overall speed and endurance.

“To prepare, we kept on our normal routine with speed-oriented workouts mixed in, and made sure we were strong and rested enough to take on this race,” senior varsity runner Cameron Kennedy said.

The team needed to advance through districts and regionals in order to compete at state. This year, the teams that advanced to regionals were limited to only the top two teams at the district meet, whereas in years past, the top three teams would advance. This applied to the regional meet as well. Both the girls and the boys team placed first at district and regionals.

“I felt pretty confident going into it, although there was some steep competition, I knew everyone was in a good position to do well,” Kennedy said.

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Sophomore Christian Giordano returns for his second year as the Technical Director for LJP LIVE! crew as well as the Producer/Writer for Leopard Re-Cap. Christian loves to spend as much time as he can at ice rinks and is very passionate about ice hockey. After winning a hockey state championship in Illinois while he was living in Chicago, Giordano moved to Lucas and won a state championship with Lovejoy. This season, Giordano will play hockey on the varsity team as the starting goaltender. Besides playing hockey, Giordano loves writing and hanging out with his friends. If you can’t find him at the rink, you can probably find him spending time with his two cats. Giordano is excited to continue to pursue his passion for journalism this year.

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Olivia Lauter, Section Editor
Heading into her fourth and final year in TRL, senior Olivia Lauter could not be more thrilled to soak up every last minute of shooting sports, events and portraits for her favorite publication. Lauter has spent every day of her high school career with a camera around her neck, and you won’t catch her without it until graduation day. As well as being the photo editor for TRL, Lauter is a varsity cheerleader and involved in PALS and NHS. When she’s not on the sidelines with her camera or cheering on the Leopards, Lauter is with her friends, who she adores more than life itself. You will probably hear “last time, best time” and how “bittersweet” senior year is continually from Lauter this year, but she is just excited to spend one more year doing what she loves alongside the people she loves on TRL.

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