The Northwest cross country program had a good showing at the Cowtown meet this past weekend, and coach George Lutkenhaus said that he believes both his boys and girls teams are headed in the right direction.
Northwest will head down to Burleson on Friday to compete in the Elk Run, and Lutkenhaus said the goals for the run are twofold.
“Our big focus right now is staying healthy, and then closing the gap to within a minute of one through five,” Lutkenhaus said. “We just want to keep trying to get a little better there as a team.”
Lutkenhaus said that the Cowtown meet went really well for Northwest and said he is optimistic about the season.
“The kids ran really well,” Lutkenhaus said. “Both teams finished third place out of a really large field. The JV girls were first and the JV boys were second, so overall, I was very pleased with how they ran. They ran really smart, especially for our first 5K of the year on a pretty tough course. So, overall, I was pretty excited for what I saw. You can see the work from the summer starting to pay off, and I am looking forward to the coming weeks to kind of see where we are at.”
The Northwest coach said there are some areas where he would like to see improvement.
“Pretty much on both sides, we have a good little pack going with the first two or three runners,” Lutkenhaus said. “We just have to close the gap between one and five. We have to bring up the back end a little bit to have a smaller gap between that first and fifth runner.”
Lutkenhaus said he had a couple of runners perform especially well at the meet.
“Our top three girls were fantastic,” Lutkenhaus said. “We had three of the top 10 runners. Emma Frandsen was our number one, and then Lindsay Klasek was just right on her tail, and then Rebekah Christman was also in the top 10, so we had three right there. If we can bring four and five up with those three, we are going to be in really good shape.
“On the boys side, Trevor Bohr ran a particularly good race. We were really excited to see that. In the second half of the race, he really started picking people off, so we were happy about that.”
Over at Nelson, the Bobcat girls team finished fourth overall with Andrea Karlen being top runner in the eighth position overall at Cowtown.
On the boys side, Ryan Teuscher was the top runner, finishing third overall, with Nelson also finishing third as a team.