Round Rock Leader
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013
SPORTS CROSS COUNTRY
Moody wraps up comeback
Round Rock senior finishes season with state appearance.
ABOVE: Stony Point’s Joseph Meade gets ready at the starting line at the State Cross Country meet at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on Saturday.
By Jackson Wolek Round Rock Leader contributing writer
Two years ago, Round Rock senior Alyssa Moody was bound for her first cross country state championship appearance. Why did she just arrive to her first state championship now? In her sophomore year she had been running the best she had her whole life. A freak accident at school prevented her from even going to districts. “I don’t know what did it but I was having the best season of my life and then I hurt my knee,” Moody said. “A kid in the hall who was just kidding around jumped on my back and I hit my knee.” Moody ran two more races before she knew anything was significantly wrong. After the McNeil Invitational she went straight to the doctor, and found out she had a bone bruise. “It’s really hard to deal with those, it took months and months to get better,” Moody said. “I didn’t run districts that year and I was predicted to go to states but didn’t. That was really hard for me to handle.” The injury lingered on into her junior year as well. Moody had trouble deciding whether it was pain or soreness in her knee that she was feeling. It took a toll on her both physically and mentally. Although it was a long process, Moody got to make her last high school race one to remember at the state championship. “I tried to pace it, but there was no way of avoiding the speed and I realized that around the one-mile mark,” Moody said. “I just decided to give it my all and I think I did, I don’t have any regrets.” Moody was the lone girl Dragon runner at the meet, but one of her good
Westwood continued from B2
now we’re looking to how we build on that success. Well? Knock off a team like Lake Travis and build off that success.”
To be the champs, beat the champs
The reason for a tendency to have playoff rematches is because Wood purposely schedules the top teams in the area. “I’m excited to get the opportunity to play Lake Travis,” Wood said. “If you want to have your program be considered one of the top programs in the area, you have to play good football teams. That’s one of the reasons why we play the schedule we do. “But then, if you want to be considered one of the best teams in the area, then you need to beat those teams. We want to be the type of program Lake Travis is,” Wood said. “They do a great job at a lot of things. They are really a good program to mold your program after.”
In the first game, Lake Travis’ Texas A&M-bound running back Shaun Nixon had four touchdown runs and averaged 7.17 yards per carry en route a 129 yards. His ability to keep the ball away from Westwood, and limit quarterback Dominic De Lira to just 14 attempts,
LEFT: Stony Point Cross Country head coach Alli Coburn and star athlete Melanie Enriquez pose for a picture at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on Saturday.
Stony Point, Round Rock runners solid at state meet Tigers make history by having a boys and girls runner at state. By Jackson Wolek Round Rock Leader contributing writer
Round Rock’s Alyssa Moody blazes the trail at the State Cross Country meet at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on Saturday. CONTRIBUTED BY JAMIE HARMS
‘I just decided to give it my all and I think I did, I don’t have any regrets.’ Alyssa Moody
Round Rock senior
friends from Stony Point, fellow senior Melanie Enriquez, was by her side. For Enriquez it was her third consecutive time at the state meet. “She is definitely a person that I admire in terms of her attitude,” Enriquez said. “She is someone that a lot of people will doubt, but she’ll fight against it.” Round Rock coach
helped Lake Travis take the momentum out of the Warriors. Nixon hasn’t exactly had a drop-off since that Week 2 game. Nixon finished the regular season with 947 yards on just 134 carries. With the struggling run defenses at Akins, Del Valle, Anderson and Austin High, him not rushing for 1,000 yards can likely be blamed on the coaching staff limiting his carries. He finished with 20 touchdowns on the year. Meanwhile, De Lira has improved steadily in his first year at the lofty quarterback spot. The Cavs’ last two starting quarter-
Troy Moon didn’t know the specifics of what had caused Moody injury when he became the coach. I don’t know all of the information about it, I think she was just doing too much mileage and too much intensity, so we really tried to make sure we didn’t overdue it this year,” Moon said. “She wanted this really bad, we’re just really happy to see her go and tear it up.” Moody finished with a time of 19:12.44 and in 29th place. She has visited University of Texas, Sam Houston State and Texas State. “UT is my number-one right now, I’m going on an A&M visit after this so after that is when I’ll be making my decision,” Moody said.
backs, Conner Brewer and Baker Mayfield, both are quarterbacks at Texas Tech. Before them, Garrett Gilbert became one of the most successful high school quarterbacks in the nation’s history. De Lira finished with 16 touchdown passes and 1,537 yards passing. The collection of receivers, Tyler Payne, Grant Foster and Dominic Packer, along with Nixon, have created barrage of weapons for De Lira to utilize. Payne caught eight touchdown passes. Contact Joe Harrington at 512-255-5827.
Joseph Meade never would have dreamed he would be talking to a Texas State cross country coach after a state championship appearance four years ago. But that’s where the Stony Point senior found himself after his first and only state championship cross country meet. “It took a lot of hard work, I didn’t even start until my sophomore year and I didn’t get super serious until this summer,” Meade said. “It was my dream to come to state
and I couldn’t ask for a better season.” Meade finished in 57th place with a time of 16:46.03. His teammate and one of his best friends, senior Melanie Enriquez, was also at the meet and finished in 14th place with a time of 18:46.60. It was Enriquez’s third time at the state championship. “People say we have the advantage running this course so many times but it eventually wears on you,” Enriquez said. It was the first time in Stony Point history that they had both a boys and girls runner at the state meet. “My first few years here I was blessed to have a very talented runner (Mark Pinales) so I went to state right away,”
Tigers coach Alli Coburn said. “For the longest time it was Mark for three years, and then Melanie and now this year it’s Melanie and Joseph.” Round Rock’s Alyssa Moody placed 29th with a time of 19:12.44 in her first time at the state meet and McNeils Amelia McElhinney came in 42nd at 19:38.23. In the boys 5A, Caleb Hollifield finished the race with a cut on his knee and a time of 16:11.77 in 21st place to lead all 16-5A schools. “Somewhere I think before mile 1 it looked like he got spiked. I don’t think he really felt it much until he stopped,” Round Rock coach Troy Moon said. There were no 16-5A schools that competed as a team this year.