In a district where being fast can often mean just being good, being the best means you’re also in line to be a regional champion.
As District 15-6A goes, so goes Region 2 most cross-country experts will say. Since 2011, the district that includes The Woodlands and College Park has either produced the individual regional champion or the team championship or both.
Along with The Woodlands and College Park, you now have an upstart Klein team that could have the fastest 5k runner in senior Emily Cole. As of early October, Cole had the fastest 5,000-meter time in Houston at 18 minutes and 13 seconds.
Cole has taken nearly two minutes off her race time from 2017 and is primed for an individual district crown. Much of this improvement can be attributed to Cole cutting down on participation in multiple sports.
“Prior to this season I was competing in four sports – volleyball, basketball, cross country and track,” Cole said.
Cole also is a versatile athlete in the sport of track, competing in the 5000m, 3200m, 1600m, 800m and 2000m steeplechase events, respectively.
“I decided last track season to concentrate only on running,” Cole said. “So I changed my diet and started working on nutrition and becoming what Coach (Tim) McGuire calls a 24-hour athlete.”
After months of meal prepping and planning, Cole is hitting her collective stride at just the right moment with district and regional meets coming up in October.
“I’m excited because The Woodlands and College Park are great competition,” Cole said. “As a team, we’ve been training all summer for this. Being able to face such strong competition in district brings us together as a team. We just have to step up to that line and not be afraid.”
The top three teams coming out of the regional meet will qualify for the state meet in Round Rock. Cole is confident the Lady Bearkats can run their way to the state meet and then anything is possible.
“Our main goal as a team is to get our girls to Round Rock. We’re really lucky to have a coach like Coach McGuire,” Cole said. “He’s such a dedicated coach and his heart is with us. We are like a family.
“We run before and after school each day and it makes it nice as an athlete to train with a team that has the same goals of wanting to be great.”
Along with Cole, the Lady Bearkats bring back senior Sondos Moursy. Individually, Cole will be competing against College Park’s Robin Nowalski and The Woodland’s Liz Davidson for the district and regional titles.
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