FHS cross country aims to go the distance in 2014

Juan Hernandez, left, ran his way to the Class 3A state competition last year. Head coach Dan Aldrich hopes Hernandez will return with his teammates in tow this year. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

School cross country team is looking to build off of the experience it gained last year.

The cross country team lost only three runners to graduation the past year.

“Overall, the expectations are high,” head coach Dan Aldrich said. “Being experienced we’re going to go in confident knowing how to run as a group.”

Adding to the team’s experience is Clarissa Sanchez and Juan Hernandez. Both runners competed at the state meet last year, which gave them experience no one else on the team has.

“Experienced runners will always outrun those who are in shape,” Aldrich said. “When you get to the state meet, it’s not just about being in shape. It’s about learning how to run the course.”

The Billies will compete in a new district this year that features strong running programs. Fredericksburg will compete against Bandera, Boerne, Devine, Lytle and Hondo.

The new district alignment puts more pressure on the Billies to perform at the district competition to advance to the regional meet.

Last year, five out of the six girls’ cross country teams advanced to their respective regional meet. Four of the five finished top 10 at the meet. For the boys’ teams, five out six teams advanced to the regional meet and all of the five teams placed in the top 10.

Under the current format, only three teams from each district will advance to the next meet.

“We’re not running for regionals anymore. We’re running for district,” he said. “We could go into district in the best shape of our lives, running better than last year and not qualify for regionals.” 


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