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Cross country girls record season’s best finish at Northwest Invite

Ava Johnson
Coppell senior cross country runner Henry Henze sprints at Buddy Echols Field during morning practice on Thursday. Cross country girls had their best performance this season at Northwest Invite on Saturday.

Boys and girls runners step onto the field at Justin Community Park in Justin bright and early on Saturday with four teams divided into two genders and onto varsity and junior varsity. With bold red letters read “Coppell” splattered across their shirt, the team was ready to take on the Northwest Invitational Meet.

“Each week, you just want to continue to improve,” Coppell cross country coach Landon Wren said.

And they did. 

Both the boys teams and the JV girls secured victories, while the varsity girls team finished second, marking its best performance this season. This shows improvement within the team from the previous meet when the boys finished third, and the girls placed 21st and 15th, respectively. 

Through fostering an environment of competition among the team, Wren thinks it will continue to help pave the way for the team’s success.

“Competition is good among the team because it forces these kids to be pushed by their teammates,” Wren said. 

However, he’s not worried it will tear them apart.

“Cross country is a very difficult sport. To choose a sport where you have to wake up early and then run miles and miles and miles every day,” Wren said. “It’s pretty incredible to watch. But there’s camaraderie amongst the kids because they’re all doing it together. They all understand it. They’re able to separate their workouts, their meets and competing with one another but when it’s all said and done, they’re back to being best friends.” 

Ultimately, the team is preparing for success at the District 6-6A Championship in Denton on Oct.13. Wren continues to determine who the seven runners will be at the meet as he evaluates each runner’s performance each week. 

The teams meet again Saturday at Lovejoy Fall Festival in McKinney.

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Wendy Le, Podcast Producer
Wendy Le is a junior at Coppell High School. Through The Sidekick, she found her passion in photography and podcasting. Le is now a second year member and Podcast Producer of the program. In her free time, she enjoys scrolling through Pinterest, capturing mundane moments on camera and spending time with her friends and family.  Born in Hanoi, Vietnam, she moved to the United States as an 8-year-old. Le’s childhood consisted of traveling around the world, more specifically, different parts of Asia. Constantly on the move, she finally settled down in Coppell, TX in the seventh grade, where she met some of her closest friends. This summer, Le spent three weeks traveling Europe. She visited France, Monaco, Spain, Italy and Germany. With its charming architecture and its ability to expand Le’s taste palate, Nice, France was Le’s favorite location during the visit. By getting to explore new cultures and learn history about new places, Le learned to appreciate diversity and created lasting memories and experiences.  Unlike the typical teenager, Le finds importance in limiting screen time, especially when hanging out with her friends. She makes it a point to stay off phones unless necessary, something that's not so common within our generation.  When feeling burnt out, Le recharges her social battery by sitting in her bed and relaxing throughout the day. Listening to Lana Del Ray, specifically her Lust for Life album, helps bring a sense of peacefulness to her day. You can reach her through email at [email protected] for any questions or concerns you may have.
Ava Johnson, Sports Assignment Editor
Ava is a junior staff writer for The Sidekick. If she’s not working on a piece, you can find her reading, spending time with loved ones, or listening to music. You can contact her at [email protected], or through Instagram at @heylolitsava.

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