Monday, October 3, 2022

Area dominates at Texas cross country state meet

Two local runners did the county proud at the state cross country meet this year, as Argyle senior Jake Roberts and Marcus senior Craig Lutz each brought home a gold medal.

Roberts ran down Paul Hansel of Cuero High School in the final 400 meters to capture the state title for the Eagles cross country team, and the Argyle distance runner said the feeling was surreal.

“I’m really excited,” Roberts said. “I didn’t really go into the race expecting to win. With about two miles left, I had thoughts that I could catch this guy, but I still didn’t know for sure.

“I paced myself really well with a couple of guys that I knew would set a good pace. At the end, I put all of my effort out there to catch that guy.”

Roberts said, when he was neck and neck with Hansel with 400 meters to go and felt himself start to pull away, the feeling was almost indescribable.

“It was really overwhelming,” Roberts said. “I just wanted to place high at the state meet. To win is absolutely incredible.”

Roberts is leaning toward Texas A&M at this point, where he would join two other Argyle alums Stephen Curry and Colbea Harris.

Lutz said winning a state championship for him was very special, as well, especially considering the challenges the runners faced on that day.

“It felt great,” Roberts said. “It is hard to win a state championship in Texas, so that is a really good feeling. I gave it my all that day. There was a 25 to 30 mile an hour wind out there, so my time wasn’t what I wanted, but it was what I wanted for the conditions I was given.”

Lutz is heading to the University of Texas at Austin in the fall, and the Marcus senior said he chose UT for a couple of reasons.

“My goal right now is to run, and after college I still want to run,” Lutz said. “But I need something for back up, because running is only going to last so long. The University of Texas is definitely going to give me a degree that will help me a lot. Plus, coach [John] Hayes is an amazing guy.”

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