Ryan Teuscher has emerged as one of the stronger distance runners in the area in recent years, and next season, the Trophy Club Nelson senior hopes to make a big splash.
Coach Jason Spoor said that Teuscher has assumed a role on the Nelson team that is critical to the Bobcats’ success in the coming season.
“He is a great runner, and he is definitely a leader on our team,” Spoor said. “We have a great group this year, and he really knows how to push them. It is good to see him rubbing off on his younger teammates. He has a lot of ability and a strong work ethic and it shows.”
Teuscher said he was satisfied with the season that Nelson had in 2015 and said that both he and his teammates competed at a high level.
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“I had a very good season personally, setting a school record in the 5K and 3200, as well as setting personal records in the 5k, 3,200, and 1,600,” Teuscher said. “Our team also performed very well. We were able to place third in our tough district.”
Teuscher, 17, is a member of the National Honor Society at Nelson High School and is enrolled in several AP classes.
The Trophy Club distance runner said that his fondness for the sport started about four years ago and said it has only intensified since that time.
“My passion for running started in seventh grade when I would go on runs through the woods for fun,” Teuscher said. “But at the end of my sophomore year of high school, I went to a large Nike sponsored meet and began taking my training much more serious.”
Teuscher plans to “work on kick strength and developing a strong aerobic base with high mileage,” and said for Nelson to have a successful season in 2016, it will take a couple of things.
“It will take a lot of stepping up from younger runners, because we lost a good chunk of seniors from the varsity team this past year,” Teuscher said. “But they definitely have the experience to fill their shoes.”