Same course, different results for cross country

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Chole Campbell

Returning to a course that presented some hilly challenges for the Redhawks cross country team, junior Fernando Leyva-Montiel and the rest of the team were back at Myers Park for round two Saturday at the McKinney Boyd Bronco Stampede with most of the Redhawk runners improving their times.

Michael Coppinger, Staff Reporter

A return trip to the same course led to improved time for cross country at Saturday’s McKinney Boyd Bronco Stampede with several boys boasting times below 17 minutes and several girls breaking 20 minutes and 30 seconds.

Among those dropping his time was junior Takumi Harima who cut 1:44 off his time from the Sept. 4 race. 

“We did much better this time around,”  Harima said. “We were more familiar with the course since we practiced it so much.”

Senior Devansh Saxena sped up to place third among Redhawk finishers, a significant improvement considering that he did not finish the race in the last attempt at Myers Park. 

“We don’t always get a second chance at a course,” he said via text. “We understood which parts would be tougher and that helped our race strategy”.

Senior Jada Williams was yet another Redhawk who ran faster in this trial of the course, shaving 45 seconds off of her previous time. With the focus now shifted towards district, Williams’s method for success is simple.

“Just push ourselves,” Williams said. “And run fast.”