Amid the great performances by Frisco ISD runners at the Region II Cross Country Meet on Monday were some great moments of sportsmanship. A pair of examples:
Heritage High School senior Alyssa Duhart, a few minutes after finishing seventh in the 5A race to qualify for the state meet, was still recovering from the 5-kilometer race. But she walked back toward the course to cheer on the competitors still battling to finish in the muddy conditions.
“You’ve got this. You’re so close to the end,” Duhart yelled to a runner from Sunset High School in Dallas. (The photo on the front of FriscoISDsports.com shows Duhart cheering on the runner).
It’s something Duhart has done at other races as well.
“I really like doing it. I hope it helps,” Duhart said. She then smiled and added, “I feel their pain.”
Before the 5A boys race, Lone Star High School senior Steven Austin was also feeling some pain – or at least frustration. He wasn’t happy with the running shoes he had purchased before the 9-5A District Meet earlier this season. He had been slipping during the 9-5A meet and the spikes just didn’t feel right as he prepared for Monday’s race.
Wakeland High School boys cross country coach Marty Tidwell found a way to help.
“Coach Tidwell said come on over, I think we’ve got some extra shoes,” Lone Star boys cross country coach Ryan Hardin said.
Austin tried on a couple of pairs, found one he liked, and then took to the course. The result was a personal-best time – about a minute faster than his previous best – and a 13th-place finish that qualified him for the state meet.
“We all compete hard,” said Austin, who has raced in cross country for only two years, “but we’re also there for each other.”
Tidwell said he was happy to help. The Frisco ISD runners from different schools often train together during the summer and the coaches work together. That helps build friendships and support networks.
“You get to know these kids, and it’s hard not to root for them,” Tidwell said. “We were just in the right place at the right time. That kid has been working extremely hard and I’m happy for him.”
Led by Wakeland’s girls champions, Frisco ISD runners finish strong at 5A Region II Cross Country Meet.