Eustace boys’ XC receive 2019 State championship rings
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs boys’ varsity cross country celebrated two big events Friday, Jan. 31 at Eustace High School.
Eustace senior runners Dalton Page and John Saine were set to sign their intent to run collegiately at their respective schools Friday morning, but first came an even bigger surprise that involved the entire cross country team and coaches.
In the old high school gym, surrounded by almost the entire student body, Eustace Head Cross Country Coach Josh Sypert surprised the entire team with their 2019 State championship rings after securing the title earlier in November.
Eustace took home the 3A Division State championship Nov. 9 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, beating the second-place team by 27 points.
In the 5K race, Page placed second in the entire State competition with a time of 15:43, earning him All-State honors.
Senior runner Jaden Lopez finished close behind with a 10th-place finish (16:08) as also earned All-State honors.
Trenton Porte placed 18th (16:21), earning All-State honors, followed by Colby Carpenter in 35th (16:46), John Saine in 58th (17:08), Collin Sutton in 61st (17:13) and Nate Holland rounding out in 84th with a time of 17:30.
Sypert spoke to his team, as well as the students and staff in attendance Friday morning during their ring presentation.
“This is a team success. That’s a long of things put together,” Sypert said.
“Some of the attributes it takes is discipline, hard work and dedication to win. This is a sport. Some of you may think we just go out and run, but we’re competing at a high level.”
Sypert talked about not just the preparation and months of training it takes to compete once the school year begins but competing when the stakes are the highest.
“Part of it was the training and preparing for that big moment. But it was also, in the big moment, doing what you had to do to win. All of these guys, I’m proud to say, ran their best race when it mattered the most. That says a lot about them,” Sypert expressed.
The team element also carried into the surprise of the ring presentation. Sypert talked about how the only thing the signees knew was planned for that morning was their signing celebration, and how they didn’t think twice about that the whole team was going to be there, because it was the team that got them to the championship level.
“The other thing that says a lot about them is the fake signing surprise. They didn’t think twice about how the team was going to be a part of it too because these guys all help each other out. So not just the best team at Eustace, but the best team in the state.”
Afterwards, Page signed his intent to run with Sam Houston State University with Saine signing to run with Southwestern Assemblies of God surrounded by coaches, family, friends and teammates as they continue their collegiate athletic efforts after their years of hard work at Eustace High School.