Although short on numbers, the 2013 Van Alstyne cross country team is long on talent and pretty good in the brother-sister combos, as well.
Led by state qualifiers from last season, Evan and Molly McQuirk, the Panther squad has added freshmen Hannah and Jacob Taylor to the mix, also.
Coach Russell Best has scheduled six tune-up meets prior to the October 23, District 12-2A meet in Celina.
Both McQuirks will miss some of these meets to participate in collegiate invitationals and, in Evan’s case, check out some college programs.
Madison Reno and Brett Broussard will also compete for the Panther team that opens the season on Sept. 7 at the Shade Tree Run at Muenster Lake.
Yes, I know, football’s king and volleyball is in full swing right now, but if you get a chance to check out these guys and gals, let’s do it. All of the meets leading into the district event are held on Saturday mornings, usually at around 8 a.m.
VAHS Cross Country Schedule
September 7 - Shade Tree Run Muenster
September 14 - McKinney Boyd Meet Myers Park McKinney
September 21 - Sherman Arts Fest 5K Rusk Street at Pecan Street
September 28 - Waterloo Run 101 Waterloo Lake Dr. Denison
October 5 - Jesuit XC Classic Norbuck Park Dallas
October 12 - Melissa XC Invitational Country Ridge Park-Melissa
October 23 - District 12-2A Meet Old Celina Park- old Celina
November 2 - Regional Meet Vandergriff Park Arlington
November 9 - State Meet Old Settlers Park Round Rock