Cross country notebook
Mustang's Fife eyes return to state
The past two years, Mustang has come up short of qualifying for the state cross country meet as a team. And that bothers Aaron Fife.
“Before that, it was 20-some years that we had made it as a team,” said Fife, a senior. “This year, we want to get back and start that tradition back again.”
The Broncos are counting on a young team, with Fife as the primary senior, and Lance Frost leading a strong junior class.
“We're coming back with fire this year,” Fife said. “We have a lot of experience, because most of our varsity guys from last year are returning this year.”
Westmoore teams rebuilding
You can generally count on Westmoore cross country coach Laura Clay to have her teams among the best in the state, year-in and year-out.
But both the Jaguars' boys and girls teams are going through a rebuilding phase after the graduation of several talented seniors.
“The girls and boys that are stepping up to replace those that left are doing a great job,” Clay said. “We lost four seniors from both the girls and the boys teams, so we had a lot to replace. But it's refreshing to know that we have so many kids willing to step in and take those spots.”
The boys team will count on runners like Garrett Elmore and Trey Taylor, while the girls team has Savannah Waddell and Ashtyn DeRoin.
Douglass building off of track success
Douglass cross country coach Harvey Ryan has seen what the school can accomplish in track season, with both the boys and girls teams regularly competing for state championships.
Now, he's trying to carry that momentum into cross country.
“Developing the cross country program is vital to the track program,” Ryan said. “They both go hand-in-hand. In the past, Douglass hasn't had a solid cross country program. But the last couple of years, we've had our first state qualifier in the history of the school.
“We're building up our program with the young athletes we have. Hopefully with in the next three or four years, we'll have a successful program, just like in track.”
By Scott Wright