Northeast Tarrant

Panthers runner has chance at two state titles in one year

David Strome has the opportunity to do something very special this season if everything goes according to plan for the Colleyville Heritage distance runner.

Strome won a state championship in the 3,200 meter event in cross country last fall and recently won the area round championship last weekend.

Coach Will Carter said that Strome has the chance to make it two state championships in one school year, but does not want the Colleyville runner to get ahead of himself and overlook the regional meet.

“After all the meets we’ve had and training we’ve had, he’s pretty ready to go,” Carter said. “He’s in good form right now, and it’s really nice. What’s funny is that in cross country, he only won two races, the district and the state meets. So we’re not worried about past performances, we’re just worried about learning from them and being able to put as much training as possible into a race that we can.”

Carter said that Strome’s performance at the area meet was phenomenal because of what he was up against, having to run both distance events the same day.

“His performance was pretty great,” Carter said. “If you look at the other big three meets, the district, region and state, the 3,200 and 1,600 events are on different days. So for him to be able to handily win the 3,200 and then come back the same day and qualify for region in the 1,600, he had a really good day.”

Strome finished fourth last year at the regional meet in track and field.

Carter said the objective for the regional meet is just to get to state.

“In cross country, we said, ‘let’s go win a state meet,’ and we said that back in July to give us something to shoot for,” Carter said. “We didn’t say, ‘Let’s medal and be in the top 10,’ at the state meet. We set expectations high. If he falls short, the expectation is he does the best he can. If someone happens to run unbelievably well that day and beat him, well then, hats off to them.”

Strome will be joined at region by Jason Williams in the shot put and Megan Harris in the 400- and 200-meter events.