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8/23/2012 11:08:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lawrenceville High School cross country preview
LHS cross country program is in good hands
LAWRENCEVILLE - While long-time Lawrenceville High School cross country coach Tim Wirth has departed, the Indians are in good hands.

John Christy and Bill Bandy, both of whom earned All-America status running cross country at Eastern Illinois University in the 1970s, are now co-coaches of both the boys and girls teams, which will continue to co-op with Red Hill this season.

The Indians, lacking depth in both the boys and girls teams, open the season Saturday at Metro-East Lutheran Invitational in Edwardsville.

While Christy attended Sumner High School for three years and was in the first graduating class at Red Hill in 1974, Bandy is a product of Chillicothe, near Peoria.

Indeed, the two have a history, and have coached together off and on in the past.

"I knew John even before I even knew where Lawrence County was," said Bandy, who works for Pioneer Oil.

"We do go way back," said Christy, recently retired. "I think we'll work well together."

The program doesn't have the numbers that have sustained it in recent years, but the co-coaches will make due. There are 11 boys out, nine of whom attend LHS. It's the opposite among the girls, as six of the seven runners are Red Hill students.

"Eight of the 18 runners have never run cross country before," Bandy said. "There's a lot of unknown there."

The coaches are stressing a "team concept."

"We're big on that," Christy said. "In cross country, when you work hard together, you really grow closer just because you have worked so hard. I like the way this group works."

"They're a good bunch," added Bandy.

Boys team

Three Indians, senior Zach Kocher and sophomores Connor Holmes and Tristan Davis, established themselves on the varsity team a year ago.

"After that it's up in the air," Bandy said. "We'll know a lot more once they've run a race or two."

Juniors Tyler Tewell and Jag Rich hope to land spots in the top seven, as do sophomores Evan Briner and Wyatt Whewell. The teams features a promising group of freshmen that includes Slayton Dorney, Harry Loeb, Logan Lopez and Dylan Volkman.

"They've been working hard for us, and we're pleased with them," Christy said. "We'll make the best we can make of them."

Girls team

While there are only seven runners - meaning every girl will run in every varsity race - there is a precedent for success.

Seniors Meredith Spitz, Andie Scherer and Katie Liberman all ran in Peoria two years ago, when the LHS girls team made its first-ever appearance at the state finals.

They'll be joined by LHS junior Chelsea Shoulders, Red Hill sophomore Heather Hill and Red Hill freshmen Hannah Burkhardt and Macey Paddick.

"We've got to keep them healthy," Christy said of the girls team. "And that's been proven hard to do."

The coaches say winning is important, but are putting more emphasis on improving.

"If we see the kids - especially the new ones who have never run before and have no experience - like it and improve dramatically, that would be great," Bandy said. "That's the goal, to see the kids improve as athletes."

After opening the season Saturday, the Indians will travel to Effingham Tuesday for a multi-team meet. The first home meet is a dual against Olney at 4 p.m., Aug. 30.


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