There shouldn’t be any surprises today at the Region 5-AAAAAA Cross Country Championships.
Host Alexander looks to sweep both the boys and girls meet again as the Cougars prepare for the state championships next month.
Alexander coach Brian Robinson is confident about his girls’ chances at both region and state.
“Our girls are running real good right now,” Robinson said. “They look real strong.”
The championships will start at 2 p.m. at the Clinton Nature Preserve with boys race followed by the girls championship.
Northgate appears to be the biggest challenger to the Cougars.
Alexander senior Brenda Ayuk, the defending state 800-meters champion in track, is having a solid season in the leading the team. Last season, sophomore Kennedy Crawford took third in the cross country championship.
Defending region champion McKenna Croft is out after having surgery early in the season.
Robinson said that senior Cynthia Lopez-Jordan has also been running well alone with freshman Camryn Curtis, senior Alexandria Stevens and freshman Jazzmine Taylor.
“Our whole top seven has been doing well this season,” Robinson said. “Everybody has been running well lately, and I look for us to do well on Thursday.”
Last season, the girls placed eighth at the state meet in Carrollton, and they could challenge for one of the top spots next month.
“We have seen just about everybody, so every one knows who they have to beat,” Robinson said. “It is going to be very interesting. Our girls have a shot at being on the podium this season.”
And the same could be said about the boys’ team, who are the defending state champions.
Although individual champion Braeden Collins has graduated, this season’s team centers around senior Koi Williams, and his twin brother, Mekhi alone with Austin Muse.
Robinson said the No. 4 and 5 spots must step up to give the team a chance at state.
Freshman Amir Dayal and junior Kameron Jones have are on pace to break 16 minutes in the next two meets.
Robinson is also high on junior Nick Albanese.
“They all have the ability to do it,” Robinson said. “It is just a matter of them stepping up and doing it. If this happens, we should be in good shape.”