The St. Thomas cross country team came into the 2017 TAPPS state meet with high expectations.
The eagles were coming off a third place finish in Waco last year, led by Krzysztof Kwiatkowski ’17, Matthew Coughlin ’17, and Lars Koehn ’17. Coach Nathan Labus’s program looked to carry this momentum into the new season.
Cesar Trevino ‘18 believed the team was ready for big things in October. “We came with the expectations of matching last year’s results, if not improving on last year. Harvey was a bit of a road bump as it stalled our training, but we have had good practices and good meets and we feel confident that we will do well in state”.
Unfortunately, the team struggled in the windy conditions. With an eighth place finish, the team came in under Coach Labus’s expectations.
Despite the discouraging finish, there were some bright spots for the eagles. Team manager David Woodlief believes that the team should be proud of its performance. “Finishing top ten in the state is a great accomplishment, especially in the rough conditions”.
The course in Waco was extremely difficult, and the wind forced runners from all over the state to run much slower than usual.