The Dodge City High School cross country team, which sent both boys and girls teams to State last year, are looking to capitalize on the experience they got last year.

On the boys side, head boys cross country coach Buc Bolmer said he has good numbers this year, with 50 guys who came out and all of his varsity runners returning from last year.

Overall, team chemistry has also been good, he said.

“Everybody worked hard all this summer,” Bolmer said. Varsity put in a lot of miles over the summer and they’re focused and wanting to have a good season.”

Those returners, and the team’s focus, are the strengths of the boys team, Bolmer said.

They know that everybody in WAC’s gonna be good so they wanted to put in the work this summer,” Bolmer said.

On the girls side, the they didn’t lose nearly anyone either, head girls cross country coach Brian Lenz said.

“We are returning nine of our top 10 girls,” Lenz said.

Like the boys, the girls got in their runs over the summer as well.

“We’ve had a good summer workout-wise with the top-end people,” Lenz said. “We’re going into the season really excited about how things look.”

The girls team took ninth at state last year, sending seven runners, only one of whom was a senior.

Not as many girls have come out in general, at least as of two days into the season, Lenz said, but he said he thinks the quality of runners may be up.

“We’ve got more probably top-end (runners) than what we’ve had before,” Lenz said.

Both teams start their season at Lake Afton Park Sept. 1. The boys are scheduled to start at 8 a.m., with the girls team scheduled for 9 a.m.