Head coach Anne Myers says the WCHS cross country team is shaping up to be a solid team.
“Based on today with the mile timed-trial, that was pretty strong,” Myers said. “A lot of these guys have been running consistently over the summer.” She added that they haven’t competed yet, so she isn’t sure how they’ll perform in a competition setting.
When asked how the team is looking so far, she said “We will find out. It remains to be seen.”
The Pioneers will get plenty of training time before their first meet and Myers said this week in particular should be a good week for training as school is under way. “We should have the whole team back, so that will provide some good energy. We have to get in two good sessions and then just keep building that mileage for these guys, because they’re kind of young.”
Many underclassmen have joined the squad leaving a few that still have some learning and conditioning to do.
For athletes to watch out for in the races, she mentioned many on the team.
“For sure Cooper Bailey is going to make big contributions this year. He was the No. 1 runner out there today and he’s a senior. He has a lot of experience and tenacity. He’s a fun racer who likes to compete.”
She also added sophomore J.P. Toney has improved saying, “He’s a lot stronger, a lot tougher it looks like through the summer, so I’m really excited to see what he puts down.”
She mentioned seniors Mitchell Caten and Aiden Cano as being contenders and said about Cano, “He always just turns it on for races.”
“Avery McGiboney is our most experienced female runner. She has just consistently gotten stronger every season and become a better athlete. I’m really proud of her and all the hard work she’s put in.”
Coach Myers is also excited about the new Lady Pioneers who have joined this year like Valery Esparza and Alexis Verdel saying that they’ve worked very hard this summer.
“They’re green and new and we will see what they do.”
The Pioneers open their season on Aug. 20 at Siegel, and they open at home the week after on Aug. 27 for the Pioneer Invitational.