MHS grad Wright excelling at juco level
Western Texas College sophomore posts career-best time in October cross-country meet
A season of experience has made such a difference for runner Wes Wright.
The Midlothian High School graduate has significantly lowered his times for the Western Texas College men's cross country team.
The sophomore returnee raced to a career-best 8K time at the Oct. 16
Arturo Barrios Invitational, where he was fourth among the team's entries. He finished in 28 minutes.
"It's been a really good season," said Wright, who is considering which school he wants to attend after completing the spring track and field season. "I wanted to have a good season with the team. I never thought I’d take it this far."
Western Texas assistant cross country coach Stefan Campos attributed Wright's improvement to experience and work ethic.
"He's already way ahead of where he was last year," the coach said. "We're expecting out of that to transition over to where he has a really good track season."
Wright said he typically tries to start fast, then hold a pace for the next three miles before making his move in the fifth, and final, mile.
"I try to stay behind the front pack," he said, "so I don't die out. I usually don't start catching people until the last two miles."
He was able to pass people during the homestretch at the Barrios 8K, whose field featured Division I runners. His dash to the finish resulted in him edging a Northwestern State University runner.
"That last mile, the finish line is 800 yards of straight, flat ground," he said. "I beat the dude literally by a head length."
Henderson State University quarterback Landon Ledbetter rushed 10 times for 92 yards in the three games he played. The redshirt freshman out of Midlothian Heritage had three rushing touchdowns and did not complete any of his four pass attempts.
Junior defender/midfielder Christian Naizer of Dallas Baptist University started the first seven games. The former Panther scored twice and was third on the team in points.
Zach Schmidt started three of the six games he played for East Texas Baptist University. The sophomore defender played for Midlothian Heritage.
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