Goessel girls target return to state

These seven returning letter-winners and senior will lead the Goessel cross-county team this fall. Pictured from left are Devon LeRoy, Edel Miller, Jennifer Mey­sing, Julia Nighten­gale, Lauren Rymill, Nathan Impson and Maddy Meier.
These seven returning letter-winners and senior will lead the Goessel cross-county team this fall. Pictured from left are Devon LeRoy, Edel Miller, Jennifer Mey­sing, Julia Nighten­gale, Lauren Rymill, Nathan Impson and Maddy Meier.
Seven returning letter-winners return for the Goessel cross-country team this season under the direction of third-year coach Brian Lightner.

The Bluebird girls return five members of last year’s sixth-place Class 1A state squad. That list is highlighted by three returning team scorers: seniors Jennifer Meysing and Lauren Rymill and junior Julia Nightengale. Individ­ually, Nightengale placed 22nd at state in 2015.

Junior Maddy Meier and sophomore Edel Miller complete the girls’ list of returners. Three freshmen join the team: Elyse Boden, Kath­erine Manis and Porclein Unruh.

The team finished as regional runners-up a year ago.

As for team goals, Lightner said: “We hope to improve on our state placement from last year and have a girl in the top 20 individually.”

The boys, meanwhile, will be led by two returning letter-winners: senior Devon LeRoy and sophomore Nate Impson from last year’s regional champion and state-qualifying team that finished 10th overall. Two freshmen round out the squad: Zackary Guerrero and Brody Schroeder.

“The boys’ team qualified for state last year for the first time in four years and will be looking to return,” Light­ner said. “We will rely on Zackary and Brody to help make that possible.”

Goessel will open its competitive season at the Pretty Prairie Invitational Thurs­day at 5 p.m.