Hardin-Simmons men’s cross country team has one goal in mind this season- to take the team to the conference meet.
“The guys can do well if we can hold together as a team it will be the first time we have had a guy’s team compete at the conference meet. That’s one of our goals to have a guy’s team compete at the conference meet,” said head coach Rodney Smith.
The Cowboys are in their third season and are still a young group with the only returning runner being Matt Buchhorn.
“I think Matt Buchhorn will have a good year. He trains really hard and he is always fit and ready to race,” said Smith. “Almost everybody else we have is a freshman expect sophomore Matt Hubbard who missed last season with a knee injury so him and everybody else will be in their first year.”
The Cowboys have added a group of five freshmen that include Marcus Estrada from Wall, Cameron Lowman from Midlothian, Dusty Miser from Whitney, Max Prachyl from Abilene Cooper and Nathaniel Robinson from Rockwall.
“Were still dealing with mostly freshmen, so it’s going to depend on how they adapt to college and the training that goes with it. If they will do that they all have a real good chance to be successful,” said Smith.
The young Cowboys are just hoping to field a healthy team that can help build for the future.
“We know what weapons we have and what bullets we will be shooting out their but we don’t know what anybody has right now but were going to do our best,” said assistant coach Shawn Hailey.
“Cross country is different from track because in track you know that you are running the exact same distance, where as you run in cross country you don’t know until you show up at the track,” said Hailey.