Cross country to compete at Commerce Meet

Cross Country

Photo by David Kapitan

The Wills Point Tiger Cross Country program will open its 2018 season when they compete in Commerce Aug. 25. The Tigers are coming off a season in which they won district championships in three divisions, including the varsity girls, JV boys and JV girls classifications.



The Wills Point Tiger cross country team will get back to work this week, looking to follow up a stellar 2017 season that saw the team win three district titles (varsity girls, JV girls, JV boys) while also advancing two teams, the varsity girls and varsity boys, to race at the Regional Meet.

"We had a really good year,” said head coach Bobbie Lester looking back. “Our varsity girls won district for the first time in a long time. Our varsity boys got third so they both advanced to Regionals and that was our goal for the year. This year I know that our boys team will be stronger because we have three that are stronger that are stronger than our first last year. Some of the same kids (that ran in 2017) are better this year. Our girls team should be just as strong if not stronger than last year.”

Lester will turn to a pair of seniors to lead this year’s program with reigning individual district champion Hannah Sauceda leading the girls program and Cade Davis pacing the boys. 

Both Sauceda and Davis pointed to the 2017 season serving as a springboard for what they hope to accomplish during their senior seasons.

“I think it was a good start to what I want to do this year. Winning district was good but I want to make it further and win more,” said Sauceda. “Our goal coming back is to kick butt.”

Davis agreed adding, “Last year was pretty good, but I think we're going to be even better this year – we’ve added a lot of talent we also have a lot of people returning.”

The future looks exceptionally bright for the program with just three seniors, two on the girls team and one on the boys, expected to suit up.

Said Lester, “Our girls will have at least two senior runners on varsity and on the boys side it looks like Cade Davis will be my only senior on varsity. He is a senior but we also have freshman, Arik Phillips, that's right behind him and a junior, Cole Williams, that’s also right there. They interchange but they are typically the top three. Hannah Sauceda will lead our girls team. She is the district champion from last year. She leads our girls pretty much 100 percent of the time.”

Early season workouts have been productive for the Tiger program with coaches focusing on getting everyone back up to speed after a summer away. “The kids are getting better everyday,” said Lester. “Our main goal is to get the kids back in shape from the summer and we also have a lot of brand new kids to running, so we are trying to get them used to running longer distances.”

Redistricting essentially kept Wills Point’s district intact with the Tigers losing Emory Rains but gaining Athens.

“We lost Emory Rains which was really weak and we gained Athens which typically isn't the strongest program. Mabank will be the strongest boys and girls team in our district. Mabank's junior high class was incredible last year so their freshman class will come up and have a chance to win district.”

The Tiger cross country team is set open its season this Saturday (Aug. 25) in Commerce. Other upcoming meets will include the Burleson Elk Run Aug. 31, the Midlothian Meet Sept. 6, the Canton Meet Sept. 15, the Quitman Meet Sept. 20, the Van Meet Sept. 29 and the Lindale Meet Oct. 4.