The Glen Rose High School cross country teams may not have every piece of the puzzle from last year’s crew, but their returning squad members have plenty of potential.
GRHS girls coach Ramsay Ghazal said that “two or three” runners from last year decided not to participate in 2018.
But among the returnees are two who have qualified for the state meet as individuals.
Last year as a freshman, Jocelyn Mims placed fifth among individuals not on a state-qualifying team in the Region I-4A meet in Lubbock (11th overall) to advance to the state meet in Round Rock.
Laura Ogletree, the Lady Tigers’ only senior runner this year, was a state qualifier as a freshman in 2015.
Sophomore Alexis Mims, Jocelyn’s twin sister, is also a returning varsity runner along with junior Salma De Raza.
“We’ve still got a good core,” Ghazal said of the Lady Tigers. “Freshmen are stepping up, and I hope to get back where we were last year.”
Last year the Lady Tigers earned the District 8-4A title by one point over powerhouse Alvarado, and advanced to the regional meet. It was their first girls cross country district title since 2002.
Among the freshmen Ghazal is hoping will fill part of the void this year are Kloey Massey, Catherine Ogletree, Kylie Frush and Zaidy Mills.
Alexis Mims, Frush and Mills are currently involved in playing volleyball for GRHS, and are sharing practice time between the two sports.
“They’re pretty athletic. They have to get their conditioning built up,” Ghazal said of the freshmen. “They have to play it slowly.”
Last weekend the Lady Tigers competed in a meet in Waco and Jocelyn Mims earned second place with a time of 12:45.
“She’s probably the district frontrunner,” Ghazal said. “I think Laura’s (doing) better than she was at this point last year. She’s showing a lot of great senior leadership, and we need that.”
GRHS boys cross country coach Gregger Yeager has all six of his varsity runners back this year after they placed fifth among the seven district schools.
Junior Orrin Miller placed 12th in district, just two spots away from a regional berth. Miller placed 10th overall in the Waco meet.
“It looks like he’ll be our leader once again,” said Yeager, whose crop of runners increased from six to 10 overall this year.
Sophomore Colby Pounds, junior Carson Osborne and senior Dristan Cathey round out the top prospects for the 2018 Tigers. Also, freshman Collin Clair, had a strong performance in Waco.
“This is by far the best chance we’ve had in several years to get out of district (top three teams advance to regional), but by no means do we have it clinched,” Yeager said. “I think the boys are really going to compete with each other to step into the first five or six spots.”