Fowler head cross country coach Taylor Bollinger said it simply, and perhaps best:

“As long as the kids work hard and try their best, I think we’ll have a good opportunity to do well,” Bollinger said.

The Goldbugs lost their lone 1A State Cross Country Meet participant in Lia Granados, who finished sixth at state last year but starts this year for South Gray.

But all isn’t lost for the team as it enters the 2018 cross country season.

Bollinger said the team returns one member of last year’s team and brings in a couple very potent freshmen.

“We have a couple freshmen that are studs and I think will do very well this year,” Bollinger said.

Bollinger enters his first year as the school’s cross country coach, but he has worked at the school for the last couple of years, he said. The transition to life with coaching responsibilities hasn’t been too difficult on him, however, because he has worked with the kids and the kids know him, he said.

“For me, I just want to be involved with the kids,” Bollinger said. “The transition itself is fairly easy, as well as I know the kids. They know me and I know them, we’ll work together and accomplish what we want hopefully.”

As the Goldbugs enter the season, Bollinger said one thing he wants to help the kids learn is how to work and accomplish their goals through putting in the work and the time.

“I want them to also be able to develop as an athlete for any other sports that they are gonna play,” Bollinger said.

The Goldbugs start their season Sept. 8 at South Gray.