Warrenton cross country coach Hayley Espelund Rogers is hoping that bigger numbers result in higher finishes in the big meets this year, as the Warriors enter a new season.
Every preseason, Rogers takes her runners to Central Oregon for a week of fun before the competitive running starts.
“We just had the biggest cross country camp ever,” Rogers said, “and we have the most numbers out this year, and I am confident we will have a couple more join once school starts.”
Which is definitely good news for the Warriors, who compete in the always-tough District 1-3A/2A/1A.
The Warrenton boys finished ninth out of 10 teams in last year’s district meet, while the Lady Warriors placed seventh out of seven teams.
For the Warrenton girls, “we have Elle Schenbeck, Krista Morrill, Saran Pottschmidt, Rebecca Sprengeler, Ivy McCargish and Madison Kadera returning, as well as Taylor Owens, a transfer who has run cross country,” but not for Warrenton, Rogers said. “She did track and had a great season (placing at state in the hurdles).”
New students include Trinity Womack and Alma Bolanos, and freshmen Kaisa Liljenwall and Anna Schenbeck.
“Our girls’ team is the biggest ever,” Rogers said. “And we have some leaders who have been around the team all their high school careers. I hope to see them not only mentoring our younger runners but getting some new PR’s and having fun while they’re at it.”
Returning runners for the boys includes senior Luke Liljenwall, who placed 31st out of 83 runners in last year’s district meet.
Warrenton has added Alan Martinez, “and we’re hoping Jeryd Lewis joins us, though he has had some injury problems,” Rogers said.
Sophomore A.J. Schenbeck is returning, “and we have a new sophomore, Axel Martinez,” she said. “We also have a student who is transferring from North Coast, Forest Bigelow.
“All of these boys can run, so I’m excited to see what they do this season as a team and individuals.”
Warrenton will also host its third annual “Wreck Race” in October, held in and around the parking area and beach near the Peter Iredale.