The Wildcat cross country teams open up their season this Saturday at WSU.
“Both squads have reasons to be excited about the upcoming season. If our runners work hard and train well as a collective unit, both teams have an opportunity to improve their team results from last season,” said El Dorado head coach David Herrs.
The EHS Girls Cross Country team returns with three seniors and four new runners on the varsity roster.
Seniors Faith Hadley (2010 first team all-league) and Tori Gricol return with three full seasons of experience; both are three-year letter winners.
Senior Shelbie Storrer is back for the Wildcats after fighting injuries the previous two seasons.
These seniors are joined by junior Sally Rowell and freshmen Lexi Bias, Caitlynn Hamilton and Jolie Howland.
“The girls team has an interesting mix of seniors and freshmen,” said Herrs. “I hope the older girls can help the rookie runners learn how to train and compete. We finished last season with only three girls competing, so I hope the girls are excited about our increased team numbers.”
Thirteen boys are running this season for the Boys Cross Country team.
“”Our boys team is also excited about their prospects this season,” said Herrs. “I hope the boys challenge and encourage each other daily. I know they want to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish at regionals.”
The squad features four seniors including Jacob Anders (one-year letter winner, 2013 state track qualifier in 800m), Tanner Clites (one-year letter winner), Dylan McAdoo, and John Scott (three-year letter winner, 2011 and 2012 second team all-league, 2012 and 2013 state track qualifier in the 4x800m relay).
Junior Breck Towner (two-year letter winner) and sophomore Jacob Harding (one-year letter winner) both return having run at the varsity level all of last season.
“Several boys that return have a chance, if they work hard and train intelligently, to show much improved race times,” said Herrs.
Sophomores Dustin Montgomery, Kyle Thomas, and Keagan Wilson are all running on the team for the first time.
The squad rounds out with four freshmen, Zane Carson, Mason Holmes, Tim Kemboi and Tyler Michaelis.
“Some of our rookie runners will hopefully provide some much needed depth for our squad,” said Herrs.