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8/28/2013 2:23:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lawrenceville High School cross country
Indians are ahead of schedule, their coaches say
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville High School's cross country teams may be young - there are only two seniors on the 12-runner boys roster and none among the nine girls - but co-coaches Bill Bandy and John Christy say the Indians are ahead of schedule.

"They trained harder (during the summer)," said Bandy, who is teaming to coach the team made up of runners from both Lawrence County high schools for the second straight year. "I think they're just a little bit ahead of where they were at this time last year."

LHS opens the season Saturday in a multi-team invitational that will be hosted by Edwardsville Metro East Lutheran.

Boys team

The Indians failed to advance from the regional a year ago, but with a large group of returnees, the immediate future looks promising.

Red Hill junior Connor Holmes, Lawrenceville junior Tristan Davis and LHS sophomore Dylan Volkman figure to form a solid top three.

RHHS senior Tyler Tewell and LHS sophomore Harry Loeb are also back after frequently running in the Indians' top five last year.

In addition, LHS juniors Evan Briner and Wyatt Whewell are back as are RHHS senior Jag Rich, LHS sophomore Slayton Dorney and LHS junior Gage Hulen.

Brandt Cochran, a LHS sophomore, is out for the first time while LHS freshman Noah Volkman looks promising.

"We have a lot of natural athletes out this year," said Christy, who like Bandy was an All-American at Eastern Illinois. "I think natural athletes make really good runners."

Girls team

The coaches aren't sure what to expect, as the majority of the runners are new to the team.

"Five of the nine are new," Bandy said. "We've only got four back from last year. The girls team is young, but there's a lot of talent there."

Junior twins Heather and Hannah Holmes figure to be of immediate help, after switching to running from volleyball. Both were distance standouts on the LHS track and field team last spring, and Hannah was good enough to advance to the state finals in the 3,200.

Other juniors are Heather Hill of Red Hill and Chelsea Shoulders from Lawrenceville. Sophomores include Red Hill's Macey Paddick and Hannah Burkhardt, and Lawrenceville's Braylee Graman. Red Hill freshman Maddie Liberman looks promising, according to the coaches, and her classmate, Rosie Aguirre, rounds out the team.

"Everybody's been working hard and having fun," Chrsty said. "We're expecting good things. All we ask is that they do their best, and they've been doing that every day in practice."


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