On Tuesdays, we are highlighting team performances throughout the season and week by week. Highlighting the same team in consecutive weekends is not the idea, but this week it was unavoidable with the performance of a certain team last weekend.
The Garmin MileSplit TX XC Invitational hosted by Denton Guyer was an outstanding meet with multiple elite performances. What can not be lost or overlooked is the way in which the Grapevine boys dominated.
The defending UIL 5A state champions ran their complete squad for the first time this season and they lived up to the wait and the expectations that were in our minds.
As a team, they ran a 15:28 team average while only having a 46 second split between the first and last scorers. The Mustangs dropped three individual in the top 10 and ran a team speed rating average of 177.6 according to Tully Runners.
To get the team win, Grapevine scored a mere 41 points to beat other strong Texas teams as well as out of state teams from Arkansas, California, and Oklahoma.
We wrote about Lovejoy's girls team last weekend after their home meet win over some dynamic UIL 5A teams as well as 6A teams.
As aforementioned, it wasn't our intention to highlight a team in consecutive weeks. Nevertheless, it is hard to overlook the Lady Leopards' performance this week.
Coach Littlefield's squad won on a tough course last week and then demonstrated their team speed on the flat and fast course. They went from a 19:04 team average and 1:35 split to a 18:27 team average and a 1:40 split while jostling the line up a little bit.
Scoring only 64 points in a huge meet like this was impressive, but equally so was the way they dismantled some very good state wide and national teams. Behind Lovejoy were five teams across three states who were at their state meet last season and four of them who were trophy winners at their state meet.
Next week, we don't plan to talk about the Lovejoy girls again, but if they keep this level of running up. . . who knows.