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Bulldogs distance runner shows his stuff at state

Schoppe, running in his second Cross Country State Championships since joining the varsity Bulldogs as a freshman, finished 25th among a field of 151 distance runners. His official time for the three-mile run: 15:40, which is 15 seconds faster than his time in 2016, when he finished 43rd.

“Ryan’s performance was great for him being a sophomore,” Head Cross Country Coach Zach Johnson said. “It was the first time he was really in the mix at the front on the state level.” 

The 2017 state meet, held in Round Rock on Nov. 4, saw only three sophomore runners who placed ahead of Schoppe, including two from the Greater Houston area. Just weeks ago, at the regional event, Schoppe set a meet record by running three miles in 15:12.

“While he didn’t quite meet his expectations, it shows that he is truly an elite runner and a runner to watch in the future,” Johnson said. “He ran very smart amongst an elite field of runners that almost anyone can win on any given day. 

A year ago at this time, Schoppe was the only freshman in Texas to qualify individually for the state meet.