Ready. Set. State

CX team heads to Round Rock Friday, Nov 8 for a Nov 9 chance at the state title


Photographer: Laura Borens

Jaden Giddings runs early in the season in Mineloa. He has reduced his PR by 3 minutes since this run

Nerves are a good thing, according to most competitive runners. And nerves are running high in Panther Nation because 8 Spring Hill High School Cross Country Boys will load the bus this Friday morning at 9am to try to take state in the UIL 4A Region, II division finals, after winning Regionals last week.

“We are ready”, Coach Ashton Wells said. “Our boys each have their own preparation rituals, of course, but as a team we do our collective thing too. And we are ready.”

The weather conditions in Round Rock should be relatively mild and should not cause a problem for Panthers,  but the course is another story.

“I have heard the course is challenging,” freshman Jaden Giddings said. ” Some of the team ran it last year, but as a freshman I haven’t. But, I know there is no challenge my team can’t overcome.”

The Panther runners took 9th place last year, and are hoping to take the top this year. With returning runners and new talent the hope seems possible.

“If we can get our head in the run, like we have been, this will be a breeze.” Giddings said. “Our biggest competitor lives in our own head.”

Come out Friday morning at 9am to see of the runners as they head to state.  Check back Monday at for results.