Jacob Suchors has represented Northwest High School well in the sports of track and field and cross country, and this season has been no different.
The senior distance runner was the Texans’ lone representative at the state meet this season, competing in the 800-meter event, and after a difficult fourth-place finish at the meet, coach George Lutkenhaus said he could not be more proud of his athlete.
“Suchors ran fantastic,” Lutkenhaus said. “We could not be more proud of his effort and how he ran the race. It was a great way for him to go out. He was a ninth qualifier and just missed out the medal stand. He made it exciting. He did a wonderful job.”
The race was close at the end, with multiple runners bunched up and trying to win the second-place spot.
“We were sitting with 100 meters to go,” Lutkenhaus said. “There were about five or six guys still in it. At first, it looked like he was going to run down the second-place guy, but the second guy was able to hold him. Then a guy from Corpus Christie came up and snuck up on him and finished in second.
“It was awesome to see him run a PR for him and come through in such a big way. I know he's disappointed not being on the medal stand, but at the same time, it is a great way to go out.”
Lutkenhaus said that he did not say much to Suchors once the whole thing was over.
“There was not a lot I could say to him,” Lutkenhaus said. “He wasn't feeling real well. I think that was when he said, 'Coach, I think I did it right.' Because he had a big headache and just felt like throwing up. That was the first time he has ever said that. He gave it everything he had, and we just couldn't be more proud of the effort that he gave.”
Lutkenhaus said Suchors has definitely made his mark on the Northwest program and said his presence will be missed next season.
“He's kind of a quiet kid,” Lutkenhaus said. “He doesn't say a whole lot, but he's just a great person. He's one of those kinds of kids that you want the other kids to look up to. He does everything right. His work ethic is fantastic, he's coachable and he is just a good all-around person.
“He's great in the classroom and he's great with the teachers and is just a good person in general.”