Winner Area cross country team will open the season at the Winner Invitational on Aug. 25 at the Winner Country Club at 10 a.m.
In addition to Winner, several area teams will be running.
The returning letterwinners on the girls team are Sidda Schuyler, Aryn Meiners, Jaclyn Laprath, Saige Schuyler, Meagan Blare, Katherine Jankauskas and Charlotte Shopene.
Returning letterwinners for the boys are Atlas Willuweit, Dawson Phillips, Kade Watson and Wyatt Turnquist.
Atlas Willuweit is the only senior on the team.
Last year the girls placed 6th at state. Sidda Schuyler took seventh place. At the end of the season, Schuyler was named to the all-state cross county team.
The boys on the cross country team are Dawson Phillips, Wyatt Turnquist, Kade Watson and Atlas Willuweit.
The girls on the team are Meagan Blare, Melanie Brozik, Katherine Jankauskas, Joselin Kludt, Gabiel Kocer, Jaclyn Laprath, Aryn Meiners, Saige Schuyler, Sidda Schuyler, Charlotte Shopene and Madison Thieman.
Lost from last year’s girls team are Chloe Bartels and Samantha Schuyler.
Coach Jayd Schuyler says the team will be young.
“We lost a couple of good girls. Replacing them we have some experience coming back,” said Schuyler.
The coach said practice has been going well. Practice started Aug.10 and the team has been doing two a day practices.
Schuyler says the Warriors will have tougher schedule this year. They have added the Rapid City Invitational which is a very tough meet. The team will see a lot of schools from the Hills area plus Wyoming and North Dakota. The Rapid City meet is Sept. 22.
The coach is looking for a good year. Schuyler’s assistant coach is Jon Hanson.
The Winner Area schedule includes:
Aug. 25—Winner Invitational
Aug. 29—McCook Central/Montrose Invitational
Sept. 5—Scotland Invitational
Sept. 14—Chamberlain Invitational/Big Dakota meet
Sept. 16—Lyman Invitational
Sept. 22—Rapid City Invitational
Sept. 26—Todd County Invitational
Oct. 2—SESD at Gregory
Oct. 12—Region 4A in Chamberlain
Oct. 21—State meet in Rapid City