by Jessie Meyen
The Monticello girls cross country team is gearing up for the season after the Irish Invitational on Friday, Aug. 30.
The girls are coached by head coach Gail Grieme and assistant coach Kim Nygaard.
The girls cross country team earned the second place title in the Mississippi 8 Conference Meet for all three teams, varsity, junior varsity, and junior high.
In the post-season varsity took fifth out of 16 teams in the section 8AA meet.
There is a total of 26 returning letter winners from the 2018 season.
This years one and only captain is senior, Elise Yeager.
Players that graduated last year include: Madison McDermott, Lily Johnson, Adeline Forster, Chloe Pemberton, Emma Kaley, Ane Santa and Cristina Jausoro.
Grieme said that the list of graduated athletes will be extremely missed.
“They made contributions like dedication on and off season training, strong leadership skills, respected by their teammates and were positive role models,” head coach said.
When it comes to filling the gaps that the seniors left, Grieme will look to this year’s seniors: Elise Yeager, Ashanti Guertin and Grace Watson.
“I will be expecting strong leadership and that they represent the team and program in the most positive way,” Grieme said.
As head coach, she will be focusing on building endurance, sustaining strong pace for longer periods of time and building strength when moving forward with the season.
Challening meets that the team is looking forward to include: the Milaca Mega Meet, the Mississippi 8 Conference Meet, and the Alexandria Invitational –here they will face many state ranked teams and individuals.
Grieme said she is expecting to finish in first place as a team in all three races.
Looking at the section 8AA competitors they will keep an eye on Rocori and Alexandria.
“They have all or most of their runner returning this fall; both teams advanced to the state AA meet as a team last fall,” Grieme said.
As for the Mississippi 8 Conference, she knows Becker will be tough to beat.
With all that being said, head coach Grieme said that she looks forward to coming in first.
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