Southlake Carroll distance runner Reed Brown is once again heading to the state cross country meet, and this season, he hopes to bring home the gold.
Brown (14:47.43) won the regional meet in Lubbock last Saturday, edging out Flower Mound’s Alex Maier by under four-tenths of a second, and coach Justin Leonard said he could not have asked for much more from Brown at region.
“Reed had a great regional meet,” Leonard said. “It was another step in his quest for state.”
Brown finished seventh at the state cross country meet in 2015, and said he feels good heading into the state meet this season.
“The performance at region was good both individually and team-wise, but the state meet is the main focus, and I am looking forward to performing better and laying it down for my team and scoring as few points as possible,” Brown said. “The goal for the state meet is to win both individually and as a team.”
The Carroll senior does seem to be pretty focused this season, having won the Marcus I Invitational, the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival and the district meet before claiming gold at region.
“I think this season is going well,” Brown said. “The team, I feel, has stepped up to meet expectations and reach out to the younger runners to help motivate them to carry on the tradition. I try to be a training leader and bring positivity to each workout, as well as experience from previous big races.”
Brown will be attending the University of Oregon next fall to continue his running career, and said attending Carroll and every school in Southlake has meant a lot to him.
“The thing I will miss most about Carroll will be the friends I have made throughout kindergarten to high school, as well as Coach Leonard and the team,” Brown said.
Leonard said that Brown will be missed at Carroll and said that he has definitely had an impact on his teammates and the coaching staff.
“Reed has meant a lot to our program,” Leonard said. “Reed carries himself with class and has been a great role model for our younger runners. Reed is leaving a mark on our program not just in terms of performance, but in leadership as well.”
The state cross country meet will take place on Nov. 12 at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock.