Eagles optimistic for good cross country season

Front Row: Chase Klinkerman, Morgan Becker, Logan Miller, Jerry Bradbury, Christian Darrah, and Hayden Lance. Back Row: Leah Silsby, Emily Lance, Ethan Unruh, Whitney Nightingale, and Sarah Kendall.
Front Row: Chase Klinkerman, Morgan Becker, Logan Miller, Jerry Bradbury, Christian Darrah, and Hayden Lance. Back Row: Leah Silsby, Emily Lance, Ethan Unruh, Whitney Nightingale, and Sarah Kendall.
Going into his 12th year of coaching, head coach Lyle Silsby thinks Canton-Galva has a reason to be excited for the upcoming cross country season.

“We have added three really good freshman boys to the roster and sophomore Jerry Bradbury,” he said. “With returning senior, Logan Miller and returning junior Chase Klinkerman, the boys should be able to compete well at meets as a team. Morgan Becker has been a standout performer at the junior high level, and Hayden Lance and Christian Darrah have always been right behind him, so I am anxious to see how well they can transition to the high school level competition.”

Despite low numbers, Silsby was equally excited about the girls squad, which returns Leah Silsby, who finished 20th at the Meade regional last year.

“If she can keep the steady improvement she showed last season, she also will have a good chance of earning her way to the state meet,” he said.

Whitney Nightingale is coming off knee surgery but is looking good to return to her sophomore level performance this season. Sarah Kendall will round out the girls squad, so with only three girls, they won’t have a chance to compete as a team.