By Sam Elliott | Opinion Editor
The cross country team competed in district competition on Oct. 15 at Lynn Creek Park. The team had one runner, freshman Emma Dawson, advance to regionals.
“It was very hot, and most of our runners were dehydrated, which led to many of us not running our best,” freshman Chris Mewing said.
By the time varsity boys ran at 11 a.m., the temperature had already risen to 80 degrees. The late start resulted from the district competing with the 5A District 10 which has twice as many races. Cross country races are run with one race finishing and the next race starting as the first runner crosses the finish line.
“This is a problem the district should look at,” Chris said. “Having two districts run at the same meet makes things a little complicated, and UIL should look at this.”
Before the new district was put together, the team competed at Norbuck Park with only one district, which meant a faster end time. The UIL will realign this year.
“Although we were disappointed with not making it to regionals as a team, we are very excited about the future of cross country,” sophomore Sung Jung said. “We are a pretty young team with a first-year coach, so it can only get better.”
The team has five runners out of seven from the varsity boys team returning next year. The varsity girls will have six runners returning out of seven.
“We were very proud of Emma and her advancement to regionals,” Sung said. “She had a tough season and worked through her injuries and other commitments to finish well.”
Emma placed eighth at regionals with a time of 19:00. She had shin splints and also competes in soccer and plays in band. She was unable to practice with the other runners and unable to compete in many meets due to these other commitments and injuries. At the regional meet, she placed 38th and was only 12 seconds away from making state.
“I think this team will only get better due its young runners and our first-year coach gaining experience,” senior captain Jack Hamilton said. “The future of Pearce cross country looks bright, and I look forward to achievement of their full potential.”