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Lancaster High School cross country coach Josh Pauling is excited about the Bruins season this fall.
“Our boys have a complete pack of varsity runners and a good group of junior varsity runners as well,” Pauling said. “We have seven runners who work together very well and will be able to be more competitive in a very difficult region.
The LHS returnees seniors Jonathan Reid, Patrick Rutledge Tyler Thompson along with sophomores Herbert Jones III and Josiah Shrum and junior Trey Mullis (11th).
“This group showed their committment this summer, some of them running over 200 and some even over 300 miles,” Pauling said.
LHS newcomers include Jonathan Cato (12), Zachary Cureton (12), Matthew Duffell-Hoffman (eighth), Arshad Frazier (12), David Jewell (sophomore), Joel Shrum (seventh), Khayree Whetstone (12) and freshman Kohl Whitfield.
The LHS girls have the three core girls remaining from the team that has made it to the state championship meet the past three seasons.
“We will certainly miss the depth we lost with the four varsity seniors girls who graduated last year, but our top three are ready to give it another run and we have some other girls who may be able to fill those spots,” Pauling said.
Seniors JeNae Jones, Jennell Jones and Jazmyne Jones will be leading the pack for the girls again this year.
“All three sisters have great potential for this season, and for their college years to come,” he said.
Other returners include senior Brooke Penegar, junior Amy Vernon and eighth grader Eve Goodwin. Newcomers include sophomore Jasmine Johnson, senior Hannah Knight and freshman Heather McCain.
“The keys for both the boys and girls team will be creating a pack of runners who can all move up during a race. We have some very strong individual runners on both teams, but the key to winning cross country meets is having a pack of fast runners together who can push themselves further and harder than they could by themselves,” Pauling said. “We are excited to see how the pack develops this season. Also with cross country, each individual sets goals for themselves to accomplish during the season and seeing our athletes achieve those individual and team goals certainly is another key to having a successful season.”
The LHS team will also be hosting the fourth annual Run with the Bruins 5K Run/Walk for the community again Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.
“We’ve been excited to see the event grow each year, to the point where we are well over 100 runners participating in the event,” Pauling said. “It’s great to see runners and walkers from the community and beyond come out to run and support a healthy lifestyle.”
For more information, contact coach Pauling at firstname.lastname@example.org.