Going the distance: Cross country teams begin trek – Boyd

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, August 4, 2018
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Logging Miles

LOGGING MILES – The Decatur and Boyd cross country teams trained together Thursday morning. The Boyd boys team and Decatur girls team advanced to state last year. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

The Boyd Yellowjackets broke new ground last year getting through a tough 3A Region I meet to earn a chance to run against the best in the state.

After finishing eighth in 3A last season, the Yellowjackets are determined to return to Round Rock and garner some hardware.

“We want more and more. If all the guys keep working, we have a shot,” said Boyd senior Connor Richardson. “We’re running with so much confidence and are going into the season believing we can get there.”

Boyd returns six of its seven runners that took the course at state last year – Richardson, Tristan Lemasters, Gauge Fahlin, Lucas Loya, Blake Rodgers and Colton Lawson.

“It’s their senior year and are all firing on the same page and are rearing to go,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez. “They are ready to hit it out of the park.”

Reaching state last year was a part of a steady climb for the group, according to Hernandez.

He said the turning point was the Lubbock Invitational, where the Yellowjackets took second.

“We beat every [3A team] but Tornillo. That was a boost of confidence,” Hernandez said.

The Yellowjackets have trained hard all summer, including spending a week in Colorado.

“Every day we were running twice a day. It was 12 solid practices,” Hernandez said.

Richardson finished 18th at state last year, running a season-best 16:43 on the tough 5K course at Old Settlers Park. Hernandez looks for the senior to shatter that time early in the year.

“I expect him to run 16:40 or 16:35 in week one and just drop it from there,” Hernandez said. “He’s not scared of anyone. Connor feels like he can can beat anyone. I think he be a top 10 runner. He wants to get his name on the radar and run on the next level.”

Hernandez expects another solid season from Lemasters and Fahlin, who 37th and 49th at state last year. He added that Loya, Rodgers and Lawson all have made up ground.

To Hernandez, an X factor for the team will be freshman Noah Richardson.

“He could step up to help in the latter part of the season,” Hernandez said.

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets cross country team returns just two runners – Georgie Tullos and Jasmine Hammett.

But Oscar Hernandez is hopeful with the addition of some talented freshmen, the Lady Yellowjackets can compete for a regional bid in District 7-3A.

“We lost some girls with some moving off and graduating,” Hernandez said. “If we work, we can battle to make regionals.”

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