The Byron Nelson cross country teams are trying to pick up some speed as the district meet approaches and competed in the McNeil meet last weekend to get familiar with the state meet’s course.
The Nelson boys finished 14th as a team at the meet, including an eighth-place finish from Ryan Teuscher (15:25.00) and 16th place finish from Andrea Karlen (18:07.45) on the girls side.
Nelson sent its top 14 boys and girls to the McNeil Invitational on Saturday, and coach Jason Spoor said that the objectives were pretty simple.
“McNeil is useful to know the course,” Spoor said. “They can learn from each time that they are on it. They know where they have to anticipate turns and those type of things – any uphill situations that they are going to have to attack. They can learn where they have to kick at or where places are flatter where they can recover a little bit.”
The Bobcats’ prior meet went very well, also, as Nelson had an excellent showing at the Metroplex Invitational before heading down to McNeil, claiming first place on the boys side and second on the girls side.
Ryan Teuscher (16:14.39), Alexander Cebulske (17:01.23) and Caleb Card (17:05.06) finished second, sixth and eighth at the meet respectively on the boys side.
Spoor said that the performance at the Metroplex Invitational was a good indication of the progress the team has made this season, but also shows there is still room for improvement.
“I thought the boys did well,” Spoor said. “It’s a good meet to go to, because it has that hilly terrain. It kind of helps prepare us for regionals if we can get there. Not all the top teams were there, but Keller was there on the boys side, and we were able to be pushed. I thought we ran pretty decent times and for us to finish as close together as we did, I thought that was a good sign of where we are heading.”
With district in the not-so-distant future, Spoor said he feels pretty good about where is team is at.
“I think we’re progressing as we thought we would,” Spoor said. “I still don’t think we’ve hit our peak. I think we’re a couple of weeks away, and that’s what we want, but it seems like we’ve got guys improving each week.”
Karlen finished sixth overall at the meet on the girls side with a time of 19:22.29.
Nelson will take this weekend off, which Spoor said he normally does during the week before district, and said there are a couple of objectives for this week.
“That is our peak week,” Spoor said. “We do our peak workouts to prepare for district and try to heal up anybody that is injured and needs some time to rest.”