Panthers running well heading toward Ken Garland Invitational

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Things are off to a good start for the Colleyville Heritage cross country team so far this season, and coach Will Carter said he is excited about the way his runners are competing.

Colleyville Heritage will have a weekend off and then head up to the Ken Garland Invitational at the University of North Texas, where Carter said there are a couple of objectives.

“For that meet, it would be great to see the kind of race performance similar to the type of training performances we've that we've had this last week,” Carter said. “It would be a nice for the kids to be on a really nice course at a really nice meet and see their training converted to a race, and enjoy the fruits of their labor.”

Carter said a number of his runners are showing promise early on this season.

“Things are going pretty well,” Carter said. “The kids are learning how to give that extra effort. They are doing it with enthusiasm, and things are headed in the right direction for us.

“David Strome is running well and so is Julie (Culbertson),” Carter said. “In fact, all of the boys (Strome, Joey McCardel, Josh Bell, Riley Dodson, Eiler Schiotz, and Jacob Hethcock) are running well. They are working very hard.

“When those guys are asked to, they are pretty much laying it on the line. For the girls, we have like two new camps, with experienced runners and then with newer runners. The girls are doing well, we just don't have a lot of experience yet.”

The girls runners include Culbertson, Alissa Andi, Rylie Koetting, Hannah Williams, Jenny Covington and Emily Bremautz.

“We're expecting Julie to be competitive at the region meet,” Carter said. “One thing about that region meet is that it is hotter than the state meet. The girls are doing really well.”

The boys and girls both won the South Oak Cliff Invitational this past weekend and will have an off week this Saturday, which Carter said will be good for his team.

“We scheduled it so that we can add in some things for some of our younger runners,” Carter said. “It's time to move up the mileage a little, so it is the perfect time to have an off week so that they will have the opportunity to move up, but not have the strain of having to move up and go to a meet.”

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