The 2015 season proved to be disappointing for the Northwest cross country program, as the Texans did not have any runners qualify for the state meet.
The regional meet did not go as planned for the Texans last week, and coach George Lutkenhaus said that it is really unfortunate that things worked out the way they did.
“The kids ran really well,” Lutkenhaus said. “Trevor [Bohr] ran about as well as he could have, and it is unfortunate he didn’t make it out. The boys side was very individual-heavy at the front. Only the 14th guy made it out, whereas on the girls side it fell into the 20’s. Trevor was 18th. It wasn’t meant to be for him, even though he ran really, really well.
“Emma [Frandsen] was battling an issue with her knee, but I thought she ran about as well as she could have with everything she has been going through, and I think both of them just put out really good efforts.”
Lutkenhaus said that the effort was certainly there for the regional meet and said he had a message for his team as well.
“I just told them that when they cross the line, make sure you’ve done everything you can do to try to make it happen,” Lutkenhaus said. “That’s all you can do. You can’t worry about what everybody else does. It’s all about you and your individual effort and I thought they did a great job and performed up to their abilities.”
Lutkenhaus said that things are shaping up for next year.
“On the boys side, we are pretty young,” Lutkenhaus said. “We had two freshmen in our top seven, so that bodes pretty well for next year. On the girls side, we are losing a couple of key players in our number two and four runners, in Rebekah Christman and Kylee Durham. They are going to be hard to replace because they are such hard workers.
“It’s one of those things you have to deal with every year. We will lose some, but we’ll have a lot returning.”
The Texans will lose Trevor Bohr as well.
Lutkenhaus said he does believe there is a take-away for his team from this season.
“We’ve talked about it on several occasions, and I think we’re all disappointed on how the district meet turned out,” Lutkenhaus said. “The kids have been working hard since June, and have been running better. We’ve won several meets this year, we just didn’t run as good as good as we could have, and things didn’t go our way, and it’s not like football or basketball where you can improve your record; you have to get it done right one time. We just have to work on getting right and starting over next year.”
▪ Byron Nelson’s Andrea Karlen (18:30.69) qualified for state this weekend.
▪ The Keller girls team finished second to advance, while the Timber Creek girls had a strong sixth-place showing. Keller’s Abbey Santoro, Julia Black, Isable Van Camp and Sydney White finished in the top 20 as individuals to advance.
▪ The Keller Central boys team finished in third place at regionals. Carter Persyn of Keller and Eric Casarez of Central advanced as individuals.