Chester girls return three runners with state meet experience
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
Chester Coach Ross Peterson has a veteran girls' cross country team returning to the courses this fall. Three of the girls participated in the 2012 State Cross Country Meet.|
Returning for Chester are junior Briauna Smith, sophomore McClay Fischer and freshman Laura Selman. Newcomer seventh-grader Jennilee Hoyer will add depth to the 2013 team.
"Laura, McClay and Briauna had a good last half of the season when all three were healthy," Peterson said. "As a team, we finished third at the region, which qualified us for the state meet. It was the second consecutive year that we ran as a girls' team at the state meet, and I know the girls want to keep that success going."
With the addition of Hoyer, Peterson is hoping to have four solid runners by the region meet.
Smith and Fischer are the only letter-winners returning to the Flyer lineup.
On the boys' side, Peterson will have two letter-winners returning to the lineup: Evan Baumberger and Damien Bowers, both sophomores. Joining them on the team are freshmen Zach Brown and Ezra Hunter.
"We didn't get anyone to the state meet last year," Peterson said. "But we had a young squad last season with only three runners, Baumberger, Bowers and Brown. With a good summer of training, the boys have started out working hard, and we will continue to get better as the season goes on."
According to Peterson, the strength of the Flyers will be the eight runners pushing each other every day at practice.
"This will only help each runner as the season goes along," Peterson said.
The lack of numbers is Peterson's main concern entering the 2013 season.
"We have to make sure that we have eight healthy runners each race," Peterson said.
The Flyers did not lose anyone to graduation last year.
Chester will open the season at the McCook Central/Montrose Invitational on Sept. 3.
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