With high school cross country season looming, the South Gray Rebels will likely rely on some youth, though the roster is not quite finalized.

“I think our boys team is gonna be young and we’re gonna continue on with the young kids we has last year and build on that,” said James McMillan, one of South Gray’s head cross country coaches.

While the boys team is still a little up in the air having lost a strong senior class, the girls team looks like it could be really good.

Key standouts on the team include Sarah Tarn, who finished fourth at the 1A State Cross Country Championships as a sophomore last year. McKaylee Batman also returns, entering her senior year after finishing 10th overall at the state meet to end her junior year.

Adding to that roster is Lia Granados, who transferred from Fowler last year after finishing sixth in state as a sophomore.

It’ll also be a tougher field for the Rebels to beat, however, because a number of talented teams are dropping to 1A, teams particularly talented on the girls side, McMillan said.