In his second season running for Comanche High School, Landon Ellis continues to improve in the Class 3A State Cross Country meet and as a sophomore placed sixth overall in the state.
In his freshman season, Ellis finished ninth overall with a time of 17:47.60 in 2018 and this year his sophomore season improved to finished sixth with a time of 17:36.80.
With the season completed and finishing in the top 10 for the second season in a row, Ellis was excited to improve and finish in a high position in the state meet and was very thankful to have his team with him this year.
“It felt good. We have been working hard all season. We started at the end of May to train for it and it felt good to have our hard work pay off,” Ellis said. “Individually and as a team a lot of our individuals improved a lot this year and it felt good especially for the seniors.”
The Comanche boys team qualified and finished 11th overall at the Class 3A State meet in 2019 after only qualifying a few individuals in 2018.
Ellis said the team has worked hard together running several meets and was happy to see the results of all of the team with two runners in the top 25 individually including senior runner Carlos Ramos.
“Me, Carlos and Jose run a lot together and we are constantly pushing each other and kind of sticking with each other,” Ellis said. “We have a lot of kids like Jordan and Owen and Austin who constantly push each other every day in practice and at meets to do well.”
Having two more years of cross country, Ellis is heading into basketball and track and is hoping to keep improving each year and has big goals.
“In basketball I’m going to try and run as much as I can when I don’t have games and try to run after practice and prepare for track season,” Ellis said. “Goal wise, the next cross country season I want to be around the top three and in track I want to do the same. I want to continue to improve time wise and placement wise at state.”
Ellis thanked his coaches and running mates for helping him and motivating him and also thanked his parents for helping him reach his goals.
“My family for sure especially my mom, dad and grandparents, they have supported me a lot and their help means a lot,” Ellis said.
Ellis feels like his team will improve as well as they look to take the next step in the area round.