ROUND ROCK — With their third consecutive sweep at Saturday’s UIL Class 5A state meet, the Southlake Carroll boys and girls cross country teams have cemented their dynasty status.
Coach Justin Leonard said the three-peat is a bit overwhelming.
“It’s pretty indescribable to think about it,” Leonard said. “It’s so hard to win just one. So for both the boys and girls to do it three years in a row, it’s a real testament to the kids and their parents and the buy in to our system that has helped us have the success we’ve enjoyed.”
Leonard said his coaching philosophy is simple and does not involve making a goal of winning any races.
“The way we view it is that we don’t target other teams or race other teams; we go out and the kids run their race,” Leonard said.
“Our feeling is that when we run our race and focus on our abilities, good things are going to happen. We can’t control what other people do, we can only control what we do.”
Both Carroll teams were in complete control Saturday at Old Settlers’ Park.
The boys team finished with a score of 80, holding off The Woodlands College Park (85).
Jacob Pickle finished second with a time of 15 minutes, 31.08 seconds, and teammate Connor Hendrickson was fifth in 15:35.68.
On the the girls’ side, Carroll (110 points) edged New Braunfels (116) by six points to claim a state title, their seventh in school history.
Antigone Archer, a sophomore, was Carroll’s top finisher in fifth place with a time of 18:20.51.
Leonard said he was impressed with both teams’ performances, especially considering the level of competition.
“It was a crazy meet,” Leonard said. “Going into it, we had about five teams on both the boys and girls side that had a chance to win. The last few years, it has only been two or three.”
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