The numbers for McPherson High cross country coach Aspen Lott have exceeded her expectations.
Lott worked with 33 runners during the first week as the Bullpups prepare for their season opener Aug. 31 at Great Bend.
“I’m excited how our program is growing,” said Lott, entering her second year as head coach, noting there’s a good group of freshmen that have joined the program and other runners have come out who have not competed in the past.
Lott tried to limit her praise to a few runners, but once she got going she rattled off several runners who have been impressive after a week. The group included Tyler Timson, Cole Hansen, Isaiah Moyer, Simon Steinert, Silas Steinert, Graedon Green, Justus Wade Hampton, Katie Bahr, Katelyn Beam, Hannah Dossett, Maggie Leaf, Brooke Miller, Mary Ann Wurm, Mya Kretzer, Natalie Hedlund, Claire Hedlund and Kassidy Beam.
The girls team should feature considerable experience as it’s mostly the same runners as last year, but they’re more seasoned. The boys team especially has terrific numbers, so competition for the varsity Top 7 will be ongoing.
Lott said this week the team will be working on running form, endurance and adapting to the heat as the temperatures soared the last couple of days of practice.
Lott says what she really likes about the team so far is the difference in intensity, as she says “it’s hungry for success and confident.”
A highlight of this season is that MHS will be hosting a regional meet Oct. 21 at Rolling Acres. The annual home meet is Sept. 21, also at Rolling Acres.