JOHNSBURG - In its third year of competition in the Adirondack League, the Johnsburg Cross Country team is expected to be competitive, according to head coach Gary Wilson.
The Jaguars finished last year's season having finished well individually. Freshman Matt Hayden, junior Bridgette Crooms and senior Tyler Morse received all-star honors.
Wilson lost two strong runners to graduation last year and is looking to his younger members to rise to the challenge of replacing them.
Now a sophomore, Matt Hayden will lead the men's team.
"He has been training all summer and will be a top finisher in the league. He has a serious attitude and a positive outlook for the season," said Wilson.
Joining Hayden and hoping to finish in the top 15 will be juniors Lance Baker and Levi Kranick.
Finishing out the men's team will be sophomore Jesse Yates.
Wilson has high expectations for the girl's team, lead by two former runners.
"I expect a lot from them this season. I believe they will place high and are both looking for top five finishes in the Adirondack League," said Wilson.
Junior Kendyl Morse spent time at the at Peak Running Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid this summer and the benefits are obvious in her form, according to Wilson.
Experienced runner and senior Bridgette Crooms will add to the strength of the women's team and is hoping for a top five finish as well as remaining a member of the all-star team.
Rounding out the women's team is sophomore Stephanie Lawrence.
Wilson has some big talent on his small team and is confident that Johnsburg will be well-represented in the Adirondack League this year.