Oak Ridge Cross Country Team Making Strides

The Oak Ridge high school varsity cross country team finished 14th in the Elite race at Nike South. With several teams coming in from all over the south to compete, this was quite the fine showing.

Justin Barrett ran a 16:25 5K (3.1 miles-standard distance) to lead the team and in doing so became a National Elite Runner (sub 16:30 for 5K is considered National Elite).

The top 3 Freshmen (Juan Alvarez, Daniel Solis and Gustavo Sanchez) placed 3rd,  4th and 6th overall out of 100+ runners.

On Oct. 13th, the team made the epic journey to Lufkin without senior team leader, John Beauchamp and finished in 2nd place. Beauchamp was back home nursing an illness. Luis Alvarez led the team finishing 5th overall. Zach LaDoe and Grant Parks also ran well finishing 10th and 12th overall.

Coach Dennis Muehlstein commented on not having Beauchamp in Lufkin. “John may not be the fastest guy on the team for 5K, but he has a presence about him that just gets the guys excited and they all run better when he is around.  It will be nice to have him back for District.  He is our fastest 800M guy and will be fun to watch on the track.”

In Lufkin, they did not have a freshmen division so the frosh ran 3 miles with the JV group and together they scored a near perfect 16 points and led from the gun. (15 is a perfect score if a team finishes 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th).

Muehlstein was elated with the frosh/jv combination. “There was never a doubt that they were racing to win,” Muehlstein said. “It was fun to hear spectators asking,  “Who is that team? Where are they from?”

This week, the team is doing an intra-squad 2 mile race on the track at 6:00 pm on Friday.  Coach Muehlstein is expecting great things to come out of the intra-squad competition. “The good Lord willing we will have a few guys break the old school record of 9:56.  It will be exciting to watch,” Muehlstein continued,  “We divide the team into 2 teams – the “Red Team” and the “Blue Team” – and let them go wild with school spirit.  It will be a great pre-homecoming event before heading to the football game.”

The York and Irons cross country runners will be there to cheer the high schoolers on.

See you Friday at 6:00 pm for some broken records!

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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