“Last year was a good season, though we were young it was a great learning experience for everyone,” Vaughan said. “We have to just keep working hard this season and seek improvement.”
The Hornets lost state qualifier Samantha Harris this season after she moved away at the end of her sophomore year. Women’s cross country coach Courtney Creed expects her girls to learn from the impact Harris left. “Samantha really set the bar with her leadership. Now the girls know what it takes to get to the state level,” Creed said.
Juniors Lydia Loya and Marissa Ganzer return this year with more experience and a better understanding for the sport of running.
“All my varsity girls are in all-honors courses,” Creed said. “I’m so proud of their performance in academics, as well as on the field.”
The boys return junior Dylan Turner and sophomore John Strathdee to the running path. Both of which are hoping to improve their times and medal counts.
Newcomers to watch this season are sophomores Mike Adams and David Nothnagel. They plan to bring a fresh look to the team’s chemistry.
“Our plan this season is to get better each meet. We look to progress our talents, keep up the work ethic and enjoy ourselves while doing so. We will live with whatever outcome, no matter what that may be,” Vaughan said.
Regardless of their lack of numbers, the Hornets anticipate to become more competitive and advance their overall standing in the conference.
“I think what makes us unique is our team camaraderie and willingness to win,” Creed said. “This season should be fun and enjoyable for our runners.”