Decatur cross country coach David Park got a hint of the potential depth of his squads last week with the season-opening one-mile time trial.
A dozen girls turned in times under 6:30 in the mile, and several boys were under 5:30, according to the coach.
“I’m pleased. The kids came back in shape,” Park said. “Usually the top seven to 10 are ready to rumble, but it seemed that way all the way down the line.
“Just the general overall speed of the team impressed me.”
Park said there were no times matching the past performances of state medalists Hanna Galloway or Taylor Clayton but said the top seven or 10 times were on par with past squads.
The coach also liked how close the times were.
With the strong times by a large number of athletes, Park expects constant competition to earn the top seven spots on each team each week.
“I see that depth creating a lot of competition,” Park said. “I’ve got people saying ‘I can make that top seven’.”
Decatur will run its two-mile trial Aug. 16. Park said those times will help decide who runs in what race in the season opener – the Friday Night Hawk Invite Aug. 22 at McInnish Park in Carrollton.