FEATURE: Young, motivated Jim Ned boys heading to Cross Country regional

TUSCOLA — A year ago, the Jim Ned boys cross country team couldn’t have left the Region I-3A meet in Lubbock with more motivation. 

With four teams qualifying for the state meet in Round Rock, the Indians narrowly missed the cut with a fifth-place finish. And among individual runners, Chris Saling, a freshman at the time, missed qualifying for state by a razor-thin 0.10 of a second. 

Needless to say, the Indians returned to their offseason training with increased intensity — perhaps more than even coach Blake Allen or the team members had envisioned. 

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