Cross country seniors for the 2019-20 season include, from left, Hannah Meeske, Madison Brown, Taylor Jablonski, Brooklyn Christensen and Riley Owens. (Johnson Publications photo)
Girls bring experience, boys new talent to cross country
The biggest difference for the Longhorn cross country team as it begins a new season is moving a class bigger from Class D to C.
The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) released classifications in late July for volleyball, softball and cross country. Football keeps classifications for two years.
“We’re always right on the bubble” for classifications, Head Coach Carl Zuege said.
Enrollment used for Chase County’s ranking was 139, the same as Malcolm High School. Both teams share the smallest spot among the Class C schools. The largest is Aurora High School with 300.
“We’ve been fortunate to stay below that line most years,” Zuege added, “but this is a year that we bump up, and actually with the enrollment of our junior high, it’s probably where we’re going to end up for awhile.”
The cross country team started conditioning in early August, but have been putting in miles all summer.
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