Herald-Journal/GoUpstate Boys Cross Country Previewin Here is your first Forum Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:34 am
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A look at the area’s teams as the season gets underway.
Boiling Springs Bulldogs
Coach: Caleb Weathers
Last year’s region finish: Region III-5A champions
Last year’s state finish: 4th
Preseason ranking: No. 9 in 5A
Starters back: 4
Top individual runners: Kade Gosnell, jr., http://www.rd-corp.com/chase-headley-jersey-c-1_34.html Region III-5A champion, all-state; Drew Thomas, sr., all-region, all-county; Tyler McCraw, sr.; Alex Forrest, jr.
Outlook: The Bulldogs claimed the school’s first region title last year and have some powerful runners at the top of the pack. They’ll need newcomers Stephen Forrest, Nathan Fish and Josh Steadman to step up in order to make a repeat happen. Gosnell will again be the favorite to win the region’s individual championship and will be a leader for the young Bulldogs.
Coaches: Kevin Wyatt, head; Tim Thigpen, Griffin Eubanks, assistants
Last year’s region finish: 5th in Region III-5A
Preseason ranking: No. 10 in 5A
Starters back: 7
Top individual runners: TJ Thipgen, so.; Aidan Hearne, sr.; Preston Slate, jr.; Daniel Kitts, so.; Clayton Stratton, sr.; Camden Stratton, eighth grade; Christian Burnette, fr.
Outlook: In order for the Rebels to compete against other top teams in their region they’ll need to shorten the distance between the Nos. 1 and 7 runners. Byrnes will have good leadership and has more experience and depth than in recent years.
Coaches: Jeff Buys, head; Jacob Anderson, assistant
Last year’s region finish: 2nd in Region III-5A
Last year’s state finish: 6th
Preseason ranking: No. 4 in 5A
Starters back: 5
Top individual runners: Wynn Johnson, sr.; Noah McLain, sr., all-county, Alex Umberg, sr.; Jackson Reid, so.; Theo Morand, sr.; John Lee, jr.; Carter Sexton, so.
Outlook: The Cavaliers will be led by Johnson, who won the 1600- and 3200-meter state championships in track in the spring. They’ll miss two all-region performers but still have the runners to make a push for the conference http://www.ky-oo32.com/charles-johnson-jersey-c-1_19.html championship. They must work on their depth as the season goes on.
Coaches: Jack Todd, head; Mike Baird, Rebecca Jones, Casey Sumner
Last year’s region finish: 4th in Region III-5A
Starters back: 5
Top individual runners: Bryan Huff, jr.; Trevor Oyugi, jr.; Nathan Jones, jr.; Marvin Brooks, jr.; Will Kendrick, jr.; John Bolinger, eighth grade; Jack Graham, so.
Outlook: The Vikings didn’t qualify for the state meet last year but hope to change that this season as they return a quality core of juniors, even as they’ll miss Hudson McKinney. The Vikings have had a strong summer of training Graham Gano Jersey and have shown enthusiasm as they prepare for the new season.