A few familiar names in the area and state cross country scene are again leading the Timberview squad this year as the team builds around them.
The Timberview boys recently competed at the Burleson Elk Run IV meet and Matthew Garza, a team captain, led the squad with a 22nd place finish. There were 160 total competitors.
As a team, the Wolves were 12th overall. Comprising the team, along with Garza, were Dallas Johnson, Tanner Staggs, Jonathan Garza, Tyler Maddock, Victor Equivel and Ashire Rhodes.
On the girls side of the Elk Run, captain Briana Owens was 91st in the 196-runner field.
Although the numbers are down at the moment at Timberview, the team is looking to build around the standout runners. The level of competition can breed successful training habits among the remainder of the team.
“Matthew has been the Lone Ranger for three years, and it’s really great to see these young guys rally around him,” said Timberview cross country head coach Cinda Baer.
A freshman runner, Rafael Porras is expected to come along during the course of the season, Baer said.
“He’s extremely talented and I think once he gets his medical release, he will be the one to be Matt’s shadow,” she said.
But Johnson, Staggs and the younger Garza will be up there, too, Baer added.
The key to building a strong team is building depth and numbers. That’s something Timberview is in the process of increasing.
“We are always trying to build numbers,” Baer said. “We are pleased with the start. We have about 38.
As the individuals follow the lead of Matt Garza and Owens, expect the numbers to rise.
“Team-wise, we just want to improve every year. I think our boys will have the best chance to surprise some folks this season,” Baer said.
With the girls’ inexperience at the early stage of the season, there can still be plenty of improvement seen this season.
The JV girls’ team was paced by newcomer Raven Stevenson at Burleson. Stevenson was followed by Amanda Huerta, Zoi Feagins, London Robinson, and Aurianna Myles.
Baer said many of the JV competitors will likely move up to the varsity squad as time goes on. But, with the youth, Baer said bringing the girls along a little at a time will help build confidence.
Stevenson may be the one to lead the way from the younger runners for Timberview. It may not be this season, but she has the potential to be competitive.
The JV boys also ran at Burleson and were led by freshman Alexander Sanchez. He was followed closely by Isaiah Owens, Nick Blanco, Julius McMillian and Charles Onwuka. Ricardo Navarro and Preston Parr rounded out the top seven runners for the JV boys’ 18th-place overall finish.
Cross country runners weren’t the only Timberview athletes hitting the 5K course at Burleson.
“The Timberview girls soccer team joined in the 3.2 mile run and did a great job,” Baer added. Those running the course were Victoria Cox, Brenna Varner, Madeline Saylor, Natalie Farah, Hannah Saylor, Cloe Lespagnol, and Heather Barodi.