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    Two meets away

    Cross Country works up to district championship
    Ava Johnson
    The Coppell girls cross country team stretches at Buddy Echols Field after completing their morning run on Sep. 14. Tomorrow morning, the top 32 runners in the program will run at the Hoka/McNeil Invitational in Round Rock.

    On Saturday, teams statewide arrived at the Lovejoy Fall Festival at Myers Park. The Coppell boys cross country team placed seventh and the girls finished 18th.

    “There were many good teams that we will see at district and state,” Coppell coach Landon Wren said. “We showed up on Saturday and got a taste of what future competitions will look like.”

    Wren used performance from this meet to see who is going to become a part of the Cowboys final roster. 

    “We needed guys and girls to step up,” Wren said. “I saw a lot of good runs and a lot of kids made new personal records.”

    Robot Kalpathy, a sophomore, ran his best ever race for 5000 meters at 15:53.4. Pranav Vegiraju, a junior, ran his best race ever at 15:58.1. And Henry Henze, a senior, ran his best race at 15:17.1.

    Looking ahead, the team only has two more meets prior to the District strict 6-6A championship. 

    “We really need to step up our game now,” Wren said. “[With] district in October and regionals in November,  I have to pick seven of our guys and girls, and they need to step up and want to win.”

    As the team finishes out its regular season at the next two meets and heads into postseason, Wren hopes to work up to earning a state title this year. He wants his students to stay consistent and stay disciplined to get ready for the bigger competitions.

    “I don’t want anyone to be surprised if we make state,” Wren said. “State is an expectation that we want our students to live up to, but we first have to get through the season and district.”

    The team’s next meet is the Hoka/McNeil Invitational at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock on Saturday September 23rd, which is the site of the UIL State Cross Country Meet in November.

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    Namir Awan, Staff Photographer
    Namir is a junior and a 2nd year staff photographer for The Sidekick. Namir has a younger sister who is a freshman. Namir loves to watch and play basketball and football. He's a wide receiver in football and a guard in basketball. Namir loves sports because he loves playing with friends and enjoys being outside. Namir enjoys learning about history because he likes learning about the past. He also enjoys talking and helping others. Namir does fundraisers to help those in need and is always looking out for those around him. He also loves to play video games with his friends; his favorite game is Rocket League, which allows him to destress after a long week. Namir enjoys traveling with his family; his favorite place he's ever been to is Italy. He visited Rome, The Vatican, Pompei, and Naples in Italy. He's studying whenever Namir isn't helping people, playing sports, or playing video games. He is currently taking AP US History, AP Environmental Sciences, AP English Language and Composition, AP Chemistry, and AP Pre Calculus. Namir loves to listen to music when he studies. He loves to listen to R&B, Pop, and Rap. Namir also loves to cook with his family; his favorite dish is burgers. Namir also works at Kumon; he enjoys working there because he enjoys helping kids learn math and reading. As Namir settles back into school he is excited for this upcoming year as he goes into his second year of being on The Sidekick. 
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    Ava is a senior and the sports assignment editor 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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