Cross Country Shows Improvement for District Meet
Canyon Lake’s Cross Country team is preparing for their final run to the tape as District 26-4A will commence this Wednesday at Navarro (Starke Park).
The Hawks have had a lot of improvement this year as in other sports, there are several young athletes ready to take over.
“Well I am excited for our team as they have been working very hard this season to continue improving their times,” Head Cross Country Coach Mary Beth Gallagher started. “We know it is going to be tough at district and we know that for us to have a shot at any medals we will have to run our best meet.”
Canyon Lake has some accomplished runners but it might be the future that holds the keys for this team.
“We have seen a lot of our younger runners improve and they have been a great addition to the team,” Coach Gallagher said breathlessly.
Cross Country is a sport that finds it hard to draw enough athletes. Many people are not fans of running much less running for long distances.
The Boys team will run a three mile race while the Girls will be finished when they get to two miles in the district meet.
“We need to grow our team in numbers,” Coach Gallagher said. “Right now it will be hard to do anything at district because we cannot fill every scored slot, since our team is small. We have 24 kids running right now so we want to get our numbers up.”
There is some runners that will be bringing some experience to this year’s District 26-4A Meet.
“Our boy’s varsity team is anchored by Senior Nash Opperman and he is running the best he has ever run in his four years,” Gallagher said. “We have had some hip injuries that have sidelined many of our runners this year and we are tried to use last week to heal so we can put forth our strongest team.”
This might not be the year for CL’s Cross Country team, but just like many other sports like this year’s Volleyball team where the athletes put in countless hours honing their skills to be in a position to strive for the top.
“Canyon Lake has to start training year around if we expect to be in the hunt,” Gallagher prognosticated. “We have not exactly done that in years past but many of the students are starting to make the commitment to run all year.”
Many times with sports that are based on a clock, a runner is not only running against other athletes but also the minute hand on that stop watch.
“We are hoping to have a lot of personal bests tomorrow,” Coach Gallagher finished.
Times of Runs for this year’s Varsity and Junior Varsity.
Runner Varsity/JV Date Meet Time Distance Duncan Coleman Varsity 10/23/13 District 21:50 3 Miles 9/27/14 Billies 18:33 Treven Martinez Varsity 9/6/14 Liberty Hill 20:43 9/13/14 Hondo 19:32 Chris Cole Varsity 9/6/14 Liberty Hill 21:16 10/11/14 Navarro 20:08 Ty Sexton Varsity 10/23/13 District 20:59 10/4/14 Comfort 19:53 Calvin Graves Varsity 10/23/13 District 20:06 10/11/14 Navarro 19:40 Nash Opperman Varsity 10/23/13 District 18:58 10/4/14 Comfort 18:31 Jacob White Varsity 9/6/14 Liberty Hill 22:43 10/4/14 Comfort 21:26 Wyatt Wiggins Varsity 10/23/13 District 22:30 9/27/14 Billies 19:41 Adam Wiewel Varsity 10/23/13 District 21:28 10/4/14 Comfort 19:19 Doug Fowler Varsity 9/6/14 Liberty Hill 24:40 10/4/14 Comfort 19:50 Reid Crownover JV 9/6/14 Liberty Hill 25:34 9/27/14 Billies 22:32 Cainan Claycomb JV 10/23/13 District 24:44 10/4/14 Comfort 23:29 Cole Kilpatrick JV 9/6/14 Liberty Hill 32:44 9/13/14 Hondo 22:52 Trevor Yandle JV 9/6/14 Liberty Hill 25:37 10/4/14 Comfort 22:30 Josh Patterson JV 9/13/14 Hondo 25:54 Thomas Grimmard JV 9/6/14 Liberty Hill 25:25 9/13/14 Hondo 21:18 Girls Team Christy Fowler Varsity 10/23/13 District 13:47 2 Miles 10/4/14 Comfort 14:43 Chandra Wise Varsity 8/30/14 New Braunfels 15:14 10/11/14 Navarro 14:30 Jillian Schley Varsity 10/23/13 District 14:39 10/4/14 Comfort 14:15 Lexy Jackson Varsity 10/23/13 District 14:27 10/11/14 Navarro 14:43 Kaylie Yuill JV & Varsity 8/30/14 New Braunfels 15:18 10/11/14 Navarro 15:16 Jenna MacConnell Varsity 10/23/13 District 14:07 10/4/14 Comfort 14:10 Rosie Quintero JV 10/23/13 District 15:16 9/27/14 Billies 16:20 Morgan Boles JV & Varsity 10/23/13 District 14:38 10/4/14 Comfort 14:29 Sydney Young JV 10/23/13 District 14:48 10/11/14 Navarro 15:23 Amira Allen JV 8/30/14 New Braunfels 15:34 9/13/14 Hondo 15:41 Bethany Thibodeaux JV 10/11/14 Navarro 16:38