The Cleburne varsity cross country teams are three meets into the season, and, despite the team’s youth, progress has been made and Coach Pete King can see glimpses of how special the Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets can be.

Cleburne has competed in the Cowtown Challenge, the Burleson Elk Run and the Centennial Spartan Invitational each of the past three weekends, and comparing their own results to district foes, King said things are coming into picture.

“Things are settling in a bit around the district,” King said. “Burleson’s boys and Centennial’s girls are the front runners. Not much room for error here to get in one of the three spots to advance to regionals. Nevertheless, this is a competitive district and even more competitive region as far as cross country goes. And although we are very young on both [the girls and boys] teams, we expect no less than their best, which will get us out to regionals.”

King said the training and practice the Jackets are putting in has been grueling at times, but he added he expects it to pay off in the end.

“Our training is going well for most of the runners, and although it’s hard now, it will pay off,” King said. “As I have told our runners in the past, ‘trust the training.’ And in most cases, it comes out in our favor.”

Cleburne’s next challenge will be when it hosts the Buzz Run on Friday at the high school.

“This week’s home meet should help us see what we have in that we may run more than the typical seven on varsity to see what they can do against each other,” King said.

The first race is scheduled for 8 a.m. with the Class 6A-5A women’s run, with the 6A-5A men to follow on a rolling schedule.

The Junior Buzz Run, for seventh- and eighth-grade teams, is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Friday beginning with seventh-grade girls.

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