BROADDUS, TX (KTRE) - A Broaddus High School student has made school history by being the first freshmen to ever qualify for state in a cross-country meet.
"We talked about going to state last year and this year it's become a reality," Darren Cook, Broaddus cross country head coach said.
During the regional competition, 15 year old Billy Poindexter crossed the finish line with one muddy shoe and a flopping wet muddy sock. How did he do it?
"I didn't hear nothing when I was running I was just trying to stay in front of Lane, because he's fast and I didn't want him to beat me," Poindexter said.
Running in knee high mud didn't come as a complete surprise to Poindexter.
"I warned him, I said if one shoe comes off you have to keep going," Cook said. "They may both come off, so you be ready."
Billy didn't let the mud weigh him down.
"When I started running and my sock was flopping it kind of slowed me down and I was trying to sling it off," Poindexter said. "I was hoping it didn't slow me down any, but I just kept running."
Cook said he didn't doubt Poindexter for one second.
"Not really, I expected him to do good," Cook said. "Even though the course was horrible and knee deep, he trucked right on through it."
Cook said he honors Billy's work ethic. Billy runs at least 4 miles a day to help him prep for meets.
"He gives it all he's got every second that he's out there," Cook said. "Billy is a great runner, he's got a lot of conditioning and long capacity. He's strong for a freshmen, and he's done really great. We look for big things down the road."
Now that he's won in the regional cross country meet, he's off to state and is ready for the competition to bring it.
"They better bring all they got when they come to state," Poindexter said.
Cook has faith that Billy will place in the top 15 in the state competition, which will take place November 7,2015 in Round Rock Texas.