Promising athletes coming in to join key returners.
Kiowa County High School head cross country coach Lori Wade isn’t new to the coaching field. She took on tennis at KCHS for seven years before making the jump to cross country last year. Wade and her family enjoy fun runs and have supported family members who have been involved in some form of competitive running for years, so she isn’t new to the cross country world. Ellen McCloskey will be assisting Wade this year as they look to build off the success from the 2018 season. Though the girls team was small in number, they were mighty in heart and effort. Four runners were able to secure third place at Hesston’s 1A-3A meet, third place at the SCHS meet, and third place at regionals. The regional placement qualified them for a state birth as a team. Hailey Schaffer placed 16th at state, Regan Rhodes placed 28th, Madi Yost placed 35th, and Myah Thompson placed 65th. This combined effort was enough to earn 7th place as a team.
“Our boys team met personal goals, but didn't place at any meets. If they are willing to work, I really look forward to their season results,” said coach Wade on the Mavs.
A key returner for the Lady Mavs will be Jr. Madison Yost. she earned numerous medals in her first year of competition as a sophomore, and Wade is looking for big things as she continues to grow as a runner. Caleb Fulton and Tanner Newell have showed impressive times during summer camp and the first couple weeks of practice. Coach Wade is welcoming multiple promising new athletes to her team this year, from freshman to seniors.
“This is a very young team, so lots of building. That being said, it's really a numbers game. If we can get a couple more runners to increase foot speed, I see our girls being contenders again, and if our boys are willing to push themselves, they too have a chance. You know, like all sports it's about how much they do in preseason,” Wade said.
The Mavs and Lady Mavs open their season on September 5 at the Meade Invitational at 4 p.m.