More opportunities now available for middle-school athletes.
Kiowa County High School Cross Country coach Lori Wade made an observation last season that would bring new opportunities for junior highers in Kiowa County. During high school cross country meets, Wade noticed there was a junior high runners division. After asking fellow coaches the reasoning for the younger competitors, Wade found out it was to add another sport for junior highers and to help build the high school team. Cross country allows sixth grade boys to play a sport, since they aren’t allowed to play football until seventh grade. After talking to administrators about cost per meet, how many meets, and other logistics. The Kiowa County Board of Education voted to add junior high cross country for the 2019-20 school year. Along with Wade, Ellen McCloskey will help coach these young runners. Junior highers will have meets on the same day and in the same location as high school students.
“There's some pretty good talent on this young team, at least from our camp and our first day of practice. It will be fun watching them complete,” said Coach Wade.
There are currently seven runners on the team. Three seventh-graders and four sixth graders. Wade hopes to add a few more competitors to the team.