Run ‘Til You Drop

Chasing the Keller Indian Cross Country Team

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Ben Wiche, Staff Writer

Keller’s boys and girls cross country teams have put their all into running another superstar season. After having recently won the Guyer Prowl in the Park, with 41 runners beating their personal records, both teams are training for a good race at the Keller Classic before preparing for district, regionals, and state competitions.

Ever since the boys won district and the girls won state last year, expectations have been high, and for the most part, they have been met. The teams have seen their fastest runner break 16 minutes in the 5k, three of their runners break 17 mins, and their top three girls hold the fourth, fifth, and sixth fastest times in Texas 6A. And there’s still over a month until state, so there are still plenty of races to run and records to break.

Before district, the team will compete in a district warm-ups and a short excursion for the varsity teams to the Chili Pepper Festival and 5K in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The only real competition at district will be Timber Creek’s Boy’s team. Their top three boys have 5K times 15:35, 16:22, and 16:28, while our top three have run 15:41, 16:23, and 16:23. With that said, the Keller Classic will include five of the seven teams in our district (Timber Creek included), so if the team competes well, then district should be quite easy to win.

But the season doesn’t end at district. And from what I’ve seen, the competition will only get fiercer at regionals; there the boys team will face both Carroll and Flower Mound, who placed second and third at state last year respectively. Head Coach Brian Zaring said, “The boys need to believe and to get as many runners as we can under 17 (minutes in the 5K) and maybe three under 16 (currently only Logan Mitchell has run a sub-16 5K). The girls need to continue to train with a goal in mind.”

And that goal should be a relatively simple. Not only did they win state, they had four girls in the top ten and zero seniors running. But while each of the seven state champ runners have returned, only two of them have beat their personal records this season. But there’s still over a month left to trail and plenty of races the girls can PR in. If they can just maintain their training and watch out for any rising stars, I see no reason that they can’t repeat.

(Update: Keller Invitational was a success. Varsity sat out the meet, but JV had a wonderful showing, with again over 40 personal records broken. Now two more weeks of training, and then district competition.)