The Canton-Galva cross-country team will field nine runners this season for 11th-year coach Lyle Silsby.
The Eagle boys will be one runner short of a team this season. Seniors Cash Toews and Dawson Minson will be expected to provide leadership. Junior Logan Miller returns from injury, and sophomore Chase Klinkerman rounds out the roster.
“Cash was our strongest runner last year, with Chase and Dawson not far behind,” Silsby said. “Cash and Dawson will be counted on for some good leadership, and I think they will be able to do that.
“Logan was hurt last year, recovering from an ACL tear from baseball the previous season, but he looks like he is back in pretty good form again. I just wish I had one more runner so we could field a team.”
Meanwhile, the Eagle girls will field a team of five runners this season, led by senior Maddie Snow.
“Maddie battled injury all last cross-country season but rebounded well for track season, so we are hoping that all her injury troubles are behind her,” Silsby said. “She will be counted on to lead the girls’ team.”
Junior Whitney Nightingale is another returning upperclassman.
“Whitney has put in a lot of miles over the summer and is the first girl to become a member of the 300 summer mile club,” Silsby said. “I am really anxious to see how all her hard work pays off for her.”
Three newcomers complete the team.
“Leah Silsby, Courtney Meador and Sarah Kendall are all freshmen and will round out the five members to make our girls’ team,” Silsby said.
“Leah holds the seventh- and eighth-grade school records in cross country, and we will see if she can eventually grab the high school record as well, which is currently held by Maddie Snow. Hopefully they can push one another.”
The Eagles will open the season at Tescott tomorrow.