By Barak Levy | Sports Editor
The cross country team went on a trip to Austin from Sept. 16 through Sept. 18. They went to Austin to compete in a meet at Cedar Park and to bond as a team.
The Mustangs had the boys and girls varsity and J.V. teams compete, with the J.V. competition featuring the top 15 boy and girl runners who were not in the varsity race. There was also a two-mile race for athletes who did not compete in the varsity and J.V. races. Cross country coach Lindsay Ledford also competed in a fun run which was held before the varsity races began.
The team raced on a hard course. The race was very narrow, and it was hot for all of the races, especially the J.V. and two-mile races which were later in the morning. The Cedar Park meet was the largest meet in Texas during the weekend that the team competed there.
“It was a hard race out there. The race was very narrow, and there were a lot of people, so it was hard to advance,” varsity runner Kyle Dreyer said.
Even though the meet did not consist of the conditions the team wanted, they still gave it their all, and a few athletes were able to beat their personal record. The team raced against very tough teams and had a chance to race teams they would not have been able to compete against if they hadn’t gone to Austin.
“A good thing about an out-of-town meet is you get to run against teams out of the area and are able to run against really competitive teams,” Coach Ledford said.
After the meet finished, the team went to Barton Springs, a natural spring with a lot of space where the team could just hang out. They were able to relax after a morning of competition and had a chance to just bond as a team.
“The best part of the trip was when we went to Barton Springs and swam in a natural pond with all of our friends,” Kyle said.
The team ate at a food truck park then went to HEB to get snacks for the night with their teammates. The team had the night to hang out before going back to Dallas the next morning.
“Having a team trip bonds the team together so that it makes you run even harder on race days,” senior Sean Mulvihill said. “When you bond with your team, it makes you not want to let your teammates down that much more.”
The team has four meets after the Cedar Park meet, including the district meet. The cross country season is halfway over, and the team is starting to prepare for district.
“My expectations for the team are for the athletes to continue improving and for both of our varsity teams to advance to the regional meet,” Coach Ledford said.