CARLSBAD — Clovis High’s boys have rounded into shape pretty well early in the season.
Now coach Mike Hankins says he doesn’t want the Wildcats to peak too soon.
The Cats posted five of the top seven individual finishes on Saturday to take the Carlsbad Invitational team championship with 23 points, 13 ahead of runnerup Hobbs.
“We really ran tough,” Hankins said. “It’s always scary because you’ve got to make sure the guys realize we haven’t arrived yet. We can’t get overconfident.”
Clovis finished third among six full teams in girls varsity competition. Odessa Permian took the team title with 17 points to 49 for Carlsbad and 81 for the Lady Wildcats.
Senior Justin Netcher led the charge for the boys, running a time of 16 minutes, 8 seconds over three miles. Clovis’ top five times were bunched within 40 seconds of each other.
“We ran really tough,” Hankins said.
He attributed the Cats’ success to the work the team put in over the summer, and says good things still lie ahead.
“I’m confident there’s a lot left in the tank,” he said.
Senior Caitlin Waters led the Clovis girls with a fifth-place finish in a time of 19:41.
Clovis teams are back in action on Saturday in the Lubbock Invitational.