This year’s seniors on the cross country team include, from left, Landis Beverly, Trevin Martin, Brooke Schilke, Kalen Wallin, Macy Coleman and Logan Mendenhall. (Johnson Publications photo)
Five boys, 10 girls running cross country this season
This year’s Longhorn cross country team will open their season Friday at the Cambridge Invitational.
Of the 15 team members, six of those are seniors competing in their last season. The team breakdown includes 10 girls and 5 boys.
Coach Carl Zuege said this core of seniors will provide strong leadership for this year’s team.
The seniors include Macy Coleman and Brooke Schilke on the girls’ side and Landis Beverly, Trevin Martin, Kalen Wallin and Logan Mendenhall on the boys’ side.
Zuege said Wallin, Beverly and Martin have been in the program all four years. Coleman is a four-year member of the girls’ squad as well.
The boys will be joined by sophomore Mason Nordhausen to round out their team. This marks Mendenhall’s first season with the team.
Zuege expects Wallin to lead the boys this season, coming off a good track season last year. He narrowly missed qualifying for the Class C state meet last year.
Zuege said the team worked hard in summer training for the season.
In addition to the seniors on the girls’ squad, junior Maddi Brown will help lead the girls’ team this season. Brown was a state qualifier last year and made a strong showing at the state meet.
Other returning members include juniors Brooklyn Christensen and Hannah Meeske and sophomores Lindsey Mendenhall and Kambree Meeske.
New to the program this year are junior Riley Owens and freshmen Matalie Wallin and Caelyn Long.
Zuege said varsity runners for this week’s girls’ race will be Brown, Coleman, Christensen, Mendenhall, Owens and Meeske.
He said several others will be challenging for varsity roles this season as well.
Friday’s meet at the Cross Creek Golf Course in Cambridge begins at 9:30 a.m. MT with the girls’ high school race, followed by the junior high boys’ and girls’ race with the high school boys running last.