A young group of Decatur Eagles flew in under the radar last November and left Lubbock with a Class 3A Region I cross country title.
The Eagles don’t expect to have the same luxury Saturday afternoon when they take to the Mae Simmons course at 1:30 p.m.
“It’s going to be more difficult,” said Decatur’s Michael Smyers. “Last year, they didn’t know about us. This year, we’re known – and everyone will be after us.”
The Eagles raised their profile even more heading into the regional meet with their perfect score of 15 at the District 7-3A meet last week. Led by league champion Taylor Clayton, who ran a 16:25 on the 5K course, Decatur swept spots one through five.
“We’re on everyone’s radar,” said Decatur coach David Park. “We’ve just got to go out there and take care of business and stay tight.”
At district, Decatur’s second through fifth runners – Smyers and Remington May – were within 16 seconds of each other.
“We all ran well and packed up,” Smyers said.
The Eagles expect to face challenges from Perryton, Borger, Alvarado, Clint and Brownwood.
“It’ll all come down to depth,” Park said.