Sophomore C.J. Thompson will lead Centre High School’s cross-country team this year. He gained varsity status as a freshman and qualified for sub-state.
“I expect great things out of this exceptional young man this year,” said Julie Keithline, Centre’s new cross-country coach.
Senior Carissa Shields and freshmen Jordan Miller and Tanner Wiggans are new members.
Keithline said Wiggans would push Thompson to become a better runner. She is looking for Miller to learn running basics and cut his times by the regional meet.
She said Shields is doing well and always runs with a smile even though training for the new, longer distance for varsity girls. Both boys and girls will run 5Ks at the regional and state meets this year.
The first meet is Sept. 3 at Abilene.
Keithline also coaches three sixth graders on a junior-high team: Jenna Brunner, Kyle Peterson, and Josh Radke.
This is Keithline’s first year coaching.
“It is a great opportunity to get students in shape and get them outside in the fresh air enjoying mother nature,” she said.