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Lake View cross country team putting in the work when no one watches

The Chiefs and Maidens cross country team is preparing for district competition next week.
Credit: Matt Serna

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Before the sun rises, before you make your first cup of coffee or even before the birds start to sing - the only sound you will hear at 6:30 in the morning are shoes hitting the Lake View track step-by-step as the Chiefs and Maidens prepare for district competition next week. 

Head coach Erin Leeper has built a program that competes and shows success, picking up medals at cross country meets already. 

"We have been winning a lot of medals and the JV has even won a couple of meets," Leeper said. "Which is a big thing because not only do we have a strong varsity, but we have a strong JV." 

As the team continues to work and prepare for its meets, the runners have a strong bond with their head coach. Making it the idea of waking up before the sun rises and running worth every second. 

"It feels great having her," senior runner, Justin Vasquez, said. "Just being ourselves and being able to come out here and run and get better and her just telling us what to do if I was really good." 

Vasquez who has been a force running for the boys was able to place fifth in their last meet, and his counterpart Landy Williams for the girl’s team is also praising Leeper for their success. 

"it's it means a lot because like I've had it for four years and she's been really nice and it's been fun," Williams said. 

With district starting next week, Leeper said the Chiefs and Maidens will only continue to strive and continue to compete at the highest level and win more medals. 

"You can expect not only more medals, but to know that every time that a kid puts on a Lakeview uniform, they're representing the community to the best of their ability," Leeper said. 

The Chiefs and Maidens have two meets October sixth and seventh, and then begin district meets next week.