FHS runners to open season today at San Saba
With a goal of winning all four divisions, the Fredericksburg High School cross country team is opening its season today, Wednesday, with a meet in San Saba.
Fredericksburg will be among the approximately 12 schools competing in the meet held at the golf course in San Saba.
Varsity boys will run first at 3 p.m. The meet will use a rolling schedule that continues with JV boys, varsity girls and JV girls.
Along with setting the bar high for the first meet, head coach Dan Aldrich said that the meet “gives our kids a chance to evaluate themselves against other runners.”
The current top eight runners will compete in the varsity division with the remaining athletes in the JV division.
“Our team rankings are fluid and can fluctuate from meet to meet in September until final rankings are established for district in October,” Aldrich explained.
Practices for the current season began on Aug. 8-9 with team tryouts and Aldrich noted that “the first few weeks of practice have been great.”
“Despite the rainy weather, we have only missed one practice and have had great attendance,” he said.
Aldrich explained that the general focus for August has been increasing base conditioning.
“We completed our Pancake Trials last Friday morning and saw very impressive improvements from week one tryouts,” Aldrich said, “We repeated the exact tryout trials from week one and then had all-you-can-eat pancakes when we were done.”
Aldrich reported that most boys averaged between 1½ and 2½ minutes of improvement on their three- mile time.
“The level of conditioning was behind where we should have been at tryouts which is why there have been some big improvements,” the coach said. “With the improvements seen Friday, we are now ready to begin our race conditioning in September.”
He added, “The team gap on the boys is still not where we need it, but the outlook is improving weekly and it will be fun to see how September meets will help close that gap on the team.”
The girls’ team continues to show a solid group of athletes that will push the limits of this group throughout the season, according to Aldrich.
“The team gap is very close with just 24 seconds between our top five girls and 38 seconds between our top seven girls,” Aldrich said. “The average improvement for the girls’ two miles was around 15-30 seconds which is great considering we began the season right where we needed to with our conditioning level.”
“We plan to continue to have five to ten second improvements each week as we go through the month of September,” he said.