London Culbreath bombed. Maier did good recovering from the previous race at NXN South when he got sick, by finishing like, 7th at this NXN.
Hopefully South individuals get a chance to redeem themselves at Footlocker. London should have done much better in my opinion. It's crazy heading to a meet like NXN, and watching team spreads change so much. There is no chance in hell Alex Maier can run a normal 5K race 1:00 minute faster than teammate Jarrert Kirk. It's insane watching how much more competitive NXN has became over the past decade, on another note.
I hope Texas teams are hungry next year, because almost all the boys and girls team are returning big loads and this was one of the worst performances I have seen from Texas overall. I expected the individuals to perform a whole lot better where the teams would falter. That didn't happen. 7th place was the best individual finish, and maybe 1 other top 20 finish besides that for both genders? That's not what I was imagining, I figured there would be 2 top 10 finishes at least, and maybe 2-3 top 20 finishes. Luckily, I realize this sets up some brilliant redemption next year.
Southlake Carroll returns 1-2-6-7.
Eastwood returns 1-2-3-5-7.
Flower Mound boys return 2-3-4-5-7.
The Woodlands boys return their entire top 7 roster. (
FM returns 2-3-4-5-6-7.
Prosper returns 1-2-3-5-6-7.
Coppell returns 1-3-4-6-7
Southlake Carroll returns 2-3-4-6-7
I'm expecting some big things next season. If I don't see Texas shape it up next season for both the boys and girls, then just combine our region with another region so that more spaces can be given to better teams. One super region, with 4 invites (although this would make a race extremely jam-packed). Tired of seeing Texas do poorly, even in rebuilding years. There should be no reason we don't see a top 10 finish on at least one of the sides team races, whether it be the boys or girls side next year.
3 of the boys teams/2 of the girls teams, return at least 4/5 of their top 5 from this year.
2 of those boys teams (maybe 3) will be led by a nationally elite runner (TWL/FM/maybe SLC).
1 of those girls teams will be led by a nationally elite runner (FM).
If that doesn't produce some better results for the teams next year, I don't know.