Lyndi Hanson suffered injury heartbreak when it mattered most the last two seasons for Permian High School’s girls cross country team.
Hanson’s at peace with that now, simply focusing on her senior season that starts today as Permian runs at McMurry University’s Libby Invitational in Abilene.
“It’s going very good, and hopefully I’ll stay injury-free,” Hanson said. “I think I’ve always kind of had this natural instinct to be determined always. It’s senior year so it’s definitely important.”
Hanson particularly thrived her junior season when the UIL moved the Class 5A distances to three miles instead of the previous two-mile distances. But suffered back spasms the day of the District 2-5A meet last season and couldn’t run.
As a sophomore, Hanson ran on a fractured foot at the district meet and did not advance to the Region I-5A Championships.
Hanson’s junior track and field season was a step in the right direction, though, since she set a program record in the girls 3,200 meters. She didn’t run two weeks ago when Permian opened its 2013 cross country season in Carrollton, which was by design.
“She really hasn’t taken a break over the summer and I wanted her to get some rest one way or the other,” Permian head coach Carl Chancellor said. “The better and fresher we can become, the better year we’re going to have.”
Hanson and junior Miah Nelson, if healthy, would be a strong 1-2 punch for any program. Nelson has been a regional individual qualifier the last two years.
Permian’s girls also return Cassidy Reddell, who was an individual regional qualifier last year, and Chancellor said freshman Gabby Sanchez could be an immediate contributor.
For Permian’s boys, Chancellor has returners Aaron Zavala, John Franco and Aaron Moroles from last season’s fifth-place team at the district meet.
When the district meet begins Oct. 24 in Lubbock, Chancellor hopes all of his runners will be in peak condition. Hanson is determined to be part of that group.
“My one goal is to progress, whatever manner that means,” Hanson said. “I had a great season in track, so I want to keep going with that. I want to see my times constantly improve, and if that happens, I’ll be a happy camper.”