SCC cross country 2019 begins season

Senior captain Mariah Hardy (right) heads down the final straightaway during the girls’ side of the Southeast Valley Invitational, held last Thursday at the Gowrie Municipal Golf Course in Gowrie. Results from the meet will be posted in the Sept. 11 edition of The Graphic-Advocate. [Tyler Anderson/The Graphic-Advocate]

It’s time to run. However, the track that envelops around the football field is quiet during the afternoons.

Sure, it’s the season to run, but it’s not track season. In the autumn months, it’s cross country season.

Despite losing superstar runner Spencer Moon to graduation, the South Central Calhoun cross country teams are feeling good coming into their 2019 campaign. In the sport of cross country, there’s more than just strong individual finishes – even though they are quite nice.

According to veteran head coach Brian Knapp, who is in his 33rd year at the helm, team depth is the Titans’ greatest strength.

“We have nice numbers in our program right now,” Knapp said. “This kind of depth helps with competition within the team for the seven varsity spots and will make us competitive with both teams. 

Going into the campaign, the Titans return six letterwinners on the girls’ side and four returning letterwinners on the boys’ side. The team captains for the season are seniors Mariah Hardy and Bryce Smidt.

“We also have very good quality runners returning who have the right attitude to work hard and reach for the goals they have set for themselves,” Knapp said. 

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