For the Ingalls High School cross country team, this year’s team will be smaller than normal.
They have three runners on both the boys and girls side, head coach Terra Simon said.
Hailey Minet, a junior, will be the leader for the team this year on the girls side. She has medaled at each of the last two state meets, Simon said, finishing in 22:59.3 last year for the five-kilometer course.
She won’t be the only one on the girls side who will have the potential to make it to State if she works hard.
“If the other two girls work hard, they would have a shot to go to the postseason also,” Simon said.
On the boys side, two of the three runners ran last year. One is new, but the other two ran last year. They, however, are also playing football this season, which means training is challenging because Simon doesn’t get as long of a period to work with them as she does with the girls.
“I think that if we work hard we’ve got a chance to go back to (the) postseason,” Simon said.
Last year, the girls team finished second as a team at State. They won’t be able to go this year as a team due to having under four runners, but can qualify individually.
“I want to improve at every meet,” Simon said. “I want them to feel better about each run, feel like they’re better prepared each time they go.”
That may not mean they always improve their times, Simon said, but she said she wants them to feel like they competed better each time.