Cross Country: Boyd takes second in Lubbock

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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The Boyd Yellowjackets claimed silver at the Lubbock Invitational over the weekend, with senior Connor Richardson finishing fourth.

Richardson clocked a 16:41.2 in the 5K, with teammate Gauge Fahlin finishing shortly behind in sixth. Fahlin ran a personal best 16:48.1, breaking 17 minutes for the first time in his career.

The Yellowjackets’ other finisher in the top 10 – Tristan Lemasters – posted a 17:03.3.

Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez said it was encouraging to see his team perform well at a meet that was essentially a preview of the 3A Region I race.

“It’s a good indicator of where we’re at with our training and how we stand in Class 3A,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez. “Tornillo is currently ranked second, so we’re right on their tail so to speak. I’m happy with where we’re at, but by no means are satisfied.”

Tornillo won the meet with 65 points. The Yellowjackets were second with 81. Ofir Ortega ran a 16:22.5 to win gold. The top two finishers were from Tornillo.

Boyd’s Noah Richardson was 33rd with a 18:14.2. Blake Rodgers finished in 36th with a 18:17.5. Hunter Bowen clocked a 19:16.7 to finish in 72nd.

Hernandez said over the next few weeks, he will start increasing the intensity of his team’s workouts.

“With a month to go, we’re going to start incorporating more hills into our workout,” Hernandez. “Now, we’re going to do hill-stride work.”

Boyd will run in the McNeil Invitational in Round Rock this weekend. Some of the top teams in 3A will be at the meet, which Hernandez said will again be a good test for his group of runners.

“It’s basically a preview meet of the state championships,” Hernandez said. “That’s why we go to Round Rock.”

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