Southlake Cross Country & Track Club’s top 7 boys competed against the best runners in the nation at Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon on Saturday. The Nationals course at Glendoveer Golf Course offers athletes a premium, challenging championship venue for putting it all on the line, set with chilly temperatures in the mid 40’s and plenty of hilly, challenging terrain. This is the 15th year that Nike has hosted this prestigious meet for the top two boys and girls’ teams in each of the eight regions around the country amounting this year to just 408 runners of over 473,000 high school runners in the United States.
The boy’s team placed 20th and were led by Junior Nate Lannen who crossed the line in 82nd place overall with a time of 16:04. Next to finish was Tim McElaney in 92nd at 16:08, followed by Jack Myers in 142nd (16:33), Henry Gardner in 152nd (16:38), Drew Bliss in 169th (16:55), Steven Torres in 180th (17:03), and Antonio Florcruz in 185th (17:06).
Head Coach Justin Leonard commented, “We are extremely proud of the way our boys competed on the national stage. It’s a challenging race with the nation’s best and our boys fought every step. I’m so happy that our seniors could end their careers on the national stage and we are excited for the future as well.”