Girls Cross Country goes the distance

So far the varsity girls cross country team has placed first in three meets and third in one meet. At the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Islander Splash Sep. 26, varsity and JV came in third place and the freshman team took first. In each meet, at least one Westlake runner placed in the top five.

“Winning as a team and as an individual is what we train to do,” varsity senior Remi Guyett said. “It feels good to win because you are getting rewarded for all the hard work that you have put into training.”

This is coach Patrick Lantzy’s first year as the girls cross country and track coach. Before becoming a Chap, he was at Ann Richards, the all-girls school in Austin, for six years as the track and cross country coach. Before he was there, he taught and coached in Mexico City, Mexico.

“The girls are off to a great start this season,” Lantzy said.  “Each week they are improving and looking forward to the challenge of winning the District meet and qualifying for the State meet.”

Seniors Hannah Campbell and Remi are both trying to run at Texas A&M and University of Georgia. They have been running together since freshman year, and say that they couldn’t dream of running without one another.

“I dont know what I would do without Hannah.” Remi said. “She pushes be through every workout and every race. Even though there is some competition between us, we always celebrate together and for each other no matter the results.”

The District meet will be held on Oct. 17 at Decker Lake. The varsity, JV and freshman teams have been spending every meet and practice hoping to defend their three-year District title.

“District has always been a warm-up for Regionals,” Hannah said. “Since we are such a strong team, and I don’t think it’ll be any different this year, our freshman and JV [teams] are getting better every year, and I think all three teams will take the gold.”