CGHS boys field full team

These seniors and returning letter-winners will anchor the Eagle cross-country team this year:?(from left)?Zach Snow, Brittany Dieker, Cash Toews, Kaylee Littrell, Lane Wiens. Janae Rempel / Free Press

For the first time since 2012, Canton-Galva will field a full boys? cross-country team. That in itself is a positive thing for 10th-year coach Lyle Silsby.

?It will be good to have a team placing to run for, and to give some extra motivation to do well,? he said.

Returning to anchor the boys is senior Lane Wiens.

?Lane was our best boys? runner last season,? Silsby said. ?Lane will provide good team leadership and will look to improve on his times from last season.?

Two additional boys return. Sophomore Cash Toews shows potential for improvement.

?Cash had a respectable freshman campaign but has the potential to improve a lot this season,? Silsby said. ?He will only continue to grow and get stronger, and I hope he can step up and challenge Lane a little for the top runner spot.?

Senior Zach Snow is back after a one-year hiatus.

?At the end of his sophomore season, (Zach) was starting to realize what it took to be a good runner and was starting to see some great improvements,? Silsby said. ?I wish he would have ran last season, but am glad to see him back for his senior year.?

Three newcomers complete the boys? roster.

Sophomore Dawson Minson was a member of the track team last year.

?Dawson showed some great efforts in track last year as a freshman, running some decent mile and two-mile times,? Silsby said. ?It will interesting to see how he handles the longer 5-K races, but he is a tough kid and I think he will challenge Cash as the No. 2 runner to start the season.?

Freshmen Logan Miller and Tristan Smith round out the team.

?Logan, like Dawson, is a good, tough kid that will give it his all,? Silsby said. ?It will be fun to watch him grow and improve throughout the season. (Tristan) shows a lot of enthusiasm and does not seem to be afraid of working hard.?

To place at a meet will require positive contributions from some of the Eagles? young talent.

?It will take one of the freshmen stepping up and having a good season to have a chance at placing at a meet, but we will see what happens,? Silsby said. ?They have some good leadership to learn from, and seem to be eager to learn.?

Meanwhile, four girls are on the Eagle roster.

Senior Brittany Dieker will provide leadership as the top returner.

?Brittany had a rough junior season battling through some injuries, but hopes to regain her form from her sophomore campaign,? Silsby said. ?She also will provide good leadership for the girls? team.?

Junior Kaylee Littrell joins Dieker as a returner.

?Kaylee is hoping to have an injury-free season because both her freshman and sophomore seasons were plagued by them,? Silsby said. ?If she can stay injury-free, it will be good to see what she can really do.?

Two newcomers complete the team.

Sophomore Maddie Snow joined the team after narrowly missing qualifying for state track in the 400-meter dash this spring.

?(Maddie) wanted to gain strength and stamina and decided cross country would be a good way to do that, so she has that as her motivation,? Silsby said.

?She also has the potential to be a very good cross-country runner, so I am more than happy to have her out.?

Freshman Whitney Nightengale is preparing for her inaugural season.

?I know she is a very hard worker,? Silsby said. ?I am interested to see how she progresses throughout the season.?

The girls will compete as individuals at meets this season.

?We have some motivated, hard-working girls, and I know they will be trying their best at each and every meet to medal, and hopefully earn a trip to state,? Silsby said.

The Eagles will open the season at Tescott tomorrow.

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