Winning a championship in a cross country field with 17 teams is no small task, but that is exactly what the Mansfield girls team did this past weekend.
The Lady Tigers beat out second-place Boswell to earn the title at the Cowtown Invitational, and coach Danny Calderon said that he believes the unit is capable to accomplishing some great things this season.
“They ran very well,” Calderon said. “It was a tough course. It was probably one of the hilliest courses we will run this year, other than the regional meet. After the girls varsity race, I wasn't sure if we had won, but we ended up beating out Boswell by eight points.”
Calderon said that he had several great performances at the meet, including Alessia Williams (19:24.33), who took second overall at the competition, which was a personal record for her.
The Mansfield distance runner dropped more than 40 seconds off of her previous best time.
The Lady Tigers cross country team is running well as a pack, with four of the top 15 runners coming from Mansfield.
Calderon said that while he is pleased to see this type of effort so early on in the season, he still believes there is room for improvement.
“I always feel like there is more work to be done,” Calderon said. “So I'm happy, but I am not necessarily content with where we are. I thought the girls and the boys ran well, but I am always wanting to do better.”
Mansfield will be in its bye week this coming weekend, and Calderon said that his objective is to start utilizing another type of training technique that Calderon believes will help his team be even faster.
“We're actually phasing into different interval phases, and the phases are going to be faster,” Calderon said. “They will require less recovery, and that is kind of what we talked about for this week. We are going to be transitioning into our faster intervals.”
Calderon said that he was also pleased with the boys effort at the meet, and said he recently made a big development on the boys side that is really going to help the team.
“The boys ran well, too,” Calderon said. “Right now, we've got four solid boys on the team and we just moved up another boy from the JV, so we'll have a complete team running in two weeks. Max Ramirez finished fourth last week, and he finished second this week. He's one of those guys that we are looking at to help get us a district title.”
Mansfield will compete in the Midlothian Meet following the bye week.