After practice each morning, the cross country runners make their way to the student center at Lake Highlands High School. While waiting for first period to be over, they finish any leftover homework and, this week especially, keep their eyes locked on the weather outside.
Last week’s McKinney Invitational was canceled due to the rain, and if you trust the Weather Channel’s forecast, the same might be true again for Saturday’s Lake Highlands Invitational at Norbuck Park.
“We want to get out there and start running again,” senior captain Nathan Hogg said. “It’s been two weeks since a meet and we want to start competing again.”
Technically, the team has not competed at all this year. The season-opening Greenhill Relays was an unofficial, warm-up meet. The time trails two weeks ago were just amongst themselves. And the McKinney Invitational was rained out.
This makes the Lake Highlands Invitational one of the most important meets of the year. The notion of defending home turf is also on the line.
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“We are hoping for a good showing,” coach Alonna Knott said. “[We] are looking forward to the meet on Saturday.”
With the lack of races few things have changed with the team. Meron Fessahaie is still the top runner, and the expectations of repeating as district champions are prevalent.
“We want to get out there and just start the season,” Hogg said.
They will get that chance, hopefully, on Saturday at Norbuck, which is at the corner of Northwest Highway and Buckner Boulevard.
“We are hoping for a beautiful day,” Knott said.