National cross-country meet qualifier is Nov. 15 in Marble Falls

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — The South Texas Association Cross-Country Championships of the United States Track and Field Association are Nov. 15 at Marble Falls High School.

The top 15 individuals and the top two teams from each race advance to the national meet in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Dec. 13.

The meet begins at 8 a.m. with high-school aged runners. A race will be conducted every 30 minutes until at noon. Athletes will run the Marble Falls High School course near the agriculture barn. Spectators should park at the visitor’s parking lot of Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive.

High school athletes will run 3.1 miles, while middle school runners will race 2.48 miles and younger runners will complete a 1.86-mile course.

Highland Lakes Track Club coach and meet director Steve McCannon said he anticipates at least 175 runners will compete. His own club will have 47 athletes with almost half of them from the Highland Lakes Elementary school program conducted by Principal Mike Pittard.

“Our goal is always to have 40 or 50 kids kicking the tires, trying out cross country,” McCannon said. “(Pittard and I) want to give them a chance to run.”

McCannon said weather might play a factor in the number of runners. Since the national meet is out of state this year, some might elect not to compete knowing they’re not going to race in South Carolina, he said.

But one runner who will compete is his daughter, Sophie McCannon, fresh off of winning the Class 3A state meet of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

“We think she can win her age group,” McCannon said. “We’re in the hunt for a couple of team plaques. Our 8-and-under boys look strong. If we could win three divisions and a couple of individuals, given the conditions, that’d be a great day.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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