The Byron Nelson cross country team looks poised to make another good run this year, and a big part of the reason why is the hard work of Ryan Teuscher.
The Bobcats distance runner finished third at the Cowtown Challenge last weekend, and coach Jason Spoor said that he is a major part of the team’s success.
“He’s just come on and become kind of the bell cow for our team,” Spoor said. “He’s one of our team captains. His work ethic has been really outstanding, and he is just kind of a natural leader on our team.”
Spoor said that he does have certain expectations of Teuscher, given the success he has had early on, and said that Teuscher seems to welcome those expectations.
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“We want him to continue to do what he did last season in being our number one guy,” Spoor said. “We want him to continue to improve. Every week, he seems to get better and better. It kind of started in track season where we noticed him starting to pull away and establish himself as our top dog.”
Teuscher ran a time of 16:44.07 at Cowtown, but Spoor said that is not indicative of how fast his junior runner really is.
“He finished third at Cowtown, but he wasn’t racing,” Spoor said. “He was running a tempo pace. Which is about a minute and a half slower than what we normally run. Now he kind of picked it up at the end, but we’re just getting a work out out of that. He had a lot more in the tank.”
Teuscher said that he sees role on the team as that of motivator and support, and said he always gives his best effort as well.
“I try to bring leadership when I’m out on the course,” Teuscher said. “I try to lead by example before and after our races. I also try to help my team by placing as far up as I can, and then be supportive after and tell them they did a good job.”
Teuscher said he has been impressed with what he has seen from this year’s team.
“I think this year’s team is going to do great,” Teuscher said. “I think that this year’s team probably has the best shot of making it to the state championship. I think we can most likely place in the top five. I feel very good about district and feel like we can be one of the top teams at region.”
Teuscher said that his goals this season include going under 16 minutes in the 5K, work hard on being a good leader and to win district, region and have the best performance they’ve had at state.
In order to have a successful season, Teuscher said it will take a couple of things.
“I think its going to take a lot of hard work,” Teuscher said. “It’s also going to take a lot of focus on our nutrition, our training and just making sure we stay on top of any injuries that come up. It is definitely a mental game, so most of all, we have to believe that we can do it.”
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