Cross country gains 11 teammates

Lindsay Caudra, junior distance runner, stretches over hurdles to prepare for practice Aug, 26. The cross country team’s first meet is Sept. 6 in Augusta.

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Lindsay Caudra, junior distance runner, stretches over hurdles to prepare for practice Aug, 26. The cross country team’s first meet is Sept. 6 in Augusta.

After only losing two guys to graduation, the Emporia State men’s and women’s cross country teams has added 11 new runners to their roster for the fall season. Four girls, all true freshman and seven guys, six freshmen and one junior college transfer will join the returners.

Blocker hopes the depth added to the team will stir up some friendly competition among the runners for the ten meet spots. 

“We really worked toward bringing some depth this season,” said Steve Blocker, head track coach. “We have a large group of developing athletes that love to run.”

The Hornets will run their first meet, the JK Gold Classic hosted by Wichita State, Sept. 6. Due to the Fall Sports Festival, Blocker said the season will be extended by a couple weeks, but the schedule looks similar to last years. 

“Everybody that runs cross country also does indoor track and field, so an extended season doesn’t affect us like other sports,” Blocker said. “These athletes compete from August until May, so they are always ready.” 

Practice started Aug. 15 for the team. The only ESU home meet will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at Jones Park. Blocker expects another large turnout, with over 20 teams competing. 

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