Underclassmen will continue to make up the backbone of the Shorecrest cross country program.
With just one senior in the top seven for both the boys and girls teams for the second year in a row, the Scots will look to a deep sophomore class to set the pace.
Senior Brain Carlton starts the season as Shorecrest’s top runner, followed closely by sophomores Kurtis Wong, Bo Rohrback and Michael Baker and freshman Kevin Ruhlman.
“We bring a lot of guys back but we’re still fairly inexperienced,” Scots coach Lane Loland said. “We had three freshmen in our top seven last year.”
At last year’s Western Conference 4A South Division meet, freshmen and sophomores posted Shorecrest’s five fastest times in the girls race. Sophomore Jessica Tapley placed 25th to lead the Scots and returns in the No. 1 slot.
Junior Jeni Ayers and sophomore Kate Haller also are back from last year’s team that took sixth at the league meet. The Shorecrest boys finished seventh, but Loland sees potential for improvement in the years to come.
“That group could be pretty strong if they continue to work,” Loland said. “A lot will depend what they do in the offseason.”