A Faith Academy Knight sophomore cross country runner Joshua Bright broke the school record for 5K time with a time of 18:49 at the third and final meet recently at The Woodlands Christian Academy to start the season.
“His time is a result of running all summer and returning to Faith Academy in August in shape. His work ethic is impeccable, and he is always conscious of beating his previous workout times,” Knights head cross country coach Ann Howarth said. “He has confidence in himself and has a huge desire to improve. Joshua's goals are set on being able to compete with the top runners at the TAPPS 1A State Meet on Nov. 2.”
Bright’s time was good enough for 12th place. Classmate Beck Briggs registered 13th at 19:06 to make the Knights the first Class 1A team to finish the race against Class 2A to 4A schools in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.
At the junior high level, Howarth said Faith Academy has a promising prospect on both the boys’ and girls’ side in seventh grade. Ethan Stegent won the 1.2-mile race in the middle school boys division against 42 other runners in a photo finish.
“(Stegent) led the entire race,” Howarth said. “The finish, however, was a nail biter as two runners approached him 10 yards from the finish line and it was a sprint to the end. Ethan prevailed with .31 tenths of a second to spare.”
Savannah Goebel took fifth in the girls’ Division 1 race to earn a second consecutive top-10 finish for the Lady Knights.
“She is a smart racer and knows how to finish,” Howarth said. “She is working harder in practice and it shows on meet day.”
Faith Academy will head to Nottingham Park in Houston this Saturday for the FPR 3rd Annual Hay Bale Meet.
“This meet looks to be very competitive and hopefully will push the Knights to run their best times of the season,” Howarth said.