The Byron Nelson cross country team qualified for the regional meet on both sides earlier this month, and coach Jason Spoor said that it was a good thing that both of his teams advanced.
The Nelson coach said that while he did have some good individual efforts at the meet, he still sees plenty of room for improvement.
“I thought our girls team performed very well at the district meet,” Spoor said. “We ended up getting that final spot for regionals. I’ve felt like all year that we probably weren’t real strong on the girls side, but I thought they were capable of making some things happen. They did a great job of going out there and grabbing that spot.
“I felt like our boys team did OK. I still don’t feel like all seven of our runners have put together their best race at the same time. We’ve had a few of the kids put together a great race while some of the others may not have run so well, and then they’ll kind of flip-flop.”
The girls and boys teams both took third place overall at the competition, and Spoor thinks his athletes could accomplish even more as the postseason moves forward.
“As far as standout performances, I felt like Andrea Karlen on our girls team had another standout effort in terms of going out there and competing with those Keller girls, who are really good,” Spoor said. “Alexa Kennedy, who is another senior, really stepped up and finished fifth overall. She is really one of the main reasons we were able to qualify for regionals by the way she ran.
“On the boys side, Ryan Teuscher had another great race, and then David Norton, finished number five, and had he not finished where he did, we would not have made it to regionals. He was challenged before the race, and he went out and did everything that we asked him to do.”
Spoor said that the objectives for his team are pretty clear-cut moving forward.
“Our goals from here on out are, we’re trying to see who we can qualify for state,” Spoor said. “We feel like on the boys side that if all seven of our runners are able to put it all together and do what they are capable of doing, we can get to state, and we feel that we have a couple of girls that can get to state as well. We’d have to run exceptionally for that to happen, but the kids definitely have it in them.”