WINSIDE/LAUREL – A pair of second year head cross country coaches will look for more improvements coming this fall.
The Winside Wildcats and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge cross country runners will begin their season in a couple of weeks.
Winside is up one high school boy for a total of five cross country runners as they graduated their lone girl last season.
James Plank is the head cross country coach for Winside and said they’ve been doing a lot of speed work.
“Since they can run forever but we’re working on the change of pace during a race,” said coach Plank. “Trying to just manage also the heat and getting used to running at around 4 o’clock instead of early mornings.
A lot of the workouts that coach Plank has his team working on during the season he had them doing over the summer. The team also lifted with the wrestling coach before running together.
The Wildcats will be led by Alex Carlson and Toby Heinemann.
Winside will be competing in the Hartington/Newcastle Invite on Thursday, August 29. Coach Plank added the change in the opening invite will give them a break week in early September.
“To really focus on our training,” coach Plank added. “Kind of looking forward to some of our later meets since they’re a little bit nicer courses. We can really test our speed out there and see how we’re sitting for districts.”
Another second-year head coach is Alex Glaubius at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge. He said they’ll have a mixture of new and experienced runners.
“Getting ready for our first meet in two weeks,” said coach Glaubius. “We’ve got some that are pretty new to running, some of them are veterans. So, it’s getting all of the kids up to speed really.”
On the boys team there’ll be seven along with one on the girls team for LCC. Leaders for the Bears will be senior Landen Boysen and sophomore Dillon Olson.
Coach Glaubius mentioned a team goal they’re working towards.
“Our main goal really this year is we’ve got a really pretty pack it’s just really tightening that pack,” coach Glaubius mentioned. “I think our main team goal is try to have a minute pack.”
Along with opening the season on August 29 at the Harington-Newcastle Invite, the team will compete in four September Invites, another in early October before the Lewis & Clark Conference meet in Bloomfield.