Led by a returning state-qualifier, the Canton-Galva cross-country team will field multiple contenders this season, according to 13th-year coach Lyle Silsby.
“I am very optimistic for the upcoming cross-country season,” Silsby said. “We are not long on numbers, but neither are we short on talent. We have what I feel are three legitimate contenders to make it to state at this time, and maybe more as the season progresses.”
Sophomore Morgan Becker qualified for the Class 2A state meet as a freshman last year, where he placed 25th with a time of 18 minutes, 19 seconds.
Sophomore Christian Darrah nearly qualified for state a year ago.
“Christian finished 21st at our regional last year, so he was not that far off from going as well, and he had a strong track season last spring,” Silsby said.
Newcomers to the boys’ team are junior Andrew Prieb and freshmen Ethan Unruh and Isaiah Patton.
“(The) biggest challenge will be keeping all five boys healthy, so maybe we can field a team come regional time,” Silsby said.
Meanwhile, newcomer Sofia Bonninsegna, a senior, will pace the girls’ team, joining juniors Sarah Kendall, who returns to the team, and newcomer Aleah Peres.
“Sofia is new to us, but I can see her doing some good things already,” Silsby said. “We will just have to stay healthy and see how the season develops.
“With only three girls out, we are already out of any team scores, so it will be running for themselves.”
Coming—The Eagles will open the season at Tescott Thursday.