Allison Burleson thinks her first season as coach of the Rocksprings boys’ track team could be one for the ages.
“We’re returning most of our guys from last year’s team that made quite a showing for themselves,” Burleson told Texas Scorecard. “A handful of our guys advanced as far as the regionals last season and we’re confident we may be able to build on that with this year’s squad.”
Sophomore Chris Flores, who placed fourth in the state in the mile run in 2018, returns to anchor the show for the Angoras. He will be aided by senior hurdler Diego Viera and Freddie Enriquez, who placed fourth in the state in the shot put last season.
“We’re hoping that senior leadership will be another plus for us,” Burleson added. “They’ve pretty much seen and done it all before, so we’re hoping they’re able to serve as a guide for some of the young guys.”
As for as her own transition, Burleson said she doesn’t foresee much struggle.
“Already being the coach of the girl’s basketball team and the boys’ cross country team has made me a bit recognizable around the school,” she said. “I already know all the guys on the team and think I have a pretty good rapport with them.”
Burleson said she feels fortunate to be coaching such a talented group after the job just kind of fell to her unexpectedly.
“We had a complete overhaul of the coaching staff, and I guess I’m the last person standing,” she said. “I’m excited for the opportunity. If we can just stay healthy and stay focused, we can do all the things that we’ve talked about doing.”