|Runners highly motivated for season|
By Jan Rahn
Lone senior Krystal Gaar is being looked to for strong leadership of the Plainsmen cross-country runners.
Although a young team, Coach Paula Wurst said the harriers have solid running ability.
She’s also expecting strong leadership from juniors Ashley Kemling (returning state qualifier) and Seth Burge.
Wurst said Kemling seems to be incredibly motivated this year, having raced just out of the medals in 17th place last year.
She and Gaar were part of the district runner-up team to compete at state in 2008.
The girls team appears to be in outstanding condition, said Wurst.
“They all ran substantial miles this summer. This is the best conditioned girls team I’ve started a season with,” she said.
Wurst said the boys also appear to be strong. Junior Seth Burge has a lot of mileage, but she expects the rest of the boys should be able to get up to speed fairly quickly.
Contributing to the team are returning sophomore letter winners Jessi Hoffert, Jake Sexson and Mark Hanson.
Brendon Barry is joining the team as a sophomore, along with incoming freshmen Rebecca Cornelius, Robert Engel, Anna Fournier, Courtney Lyon and Dalton McCormick.
The team will begin their season with competition in Goodland, Kan., today (Thursday, Sept. 2.)
The following Thursday they will take part in the Chase County Invite in Imperial.