Cross country season begins at the Huffman Falcon Relays at 8 a.m. today for the Anahuac cross country program.

Third-year coach Ashley Sherman has only three total returning veterans from last year’s fifth-place district boys and girls squads.

The Panthers gained two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior for this season.

“All of them should have been running since seventh grade but have become interested in cross country the past year,” Sherman said. 

The boys have one new junior runner to round out a team of two harriers.

“This season will be a learning experience for most of our girls and boys runners as we are now a very, young team,” Sherman said.

Anahuac will hit the courses with Karissa Jircik, Jessey Staner, Becca Henicke, Juanita Diaz, Natalia Rico and Isabela and Abril Alberto representing the girls and the boys going with Chase Herrington and Lane Cormier.

“I am very positive this season about how strong we will be overall,” Sherman said. “The first couple of meets will be learning experiences but by mid-season, I feel my athletes will be in the top of the pack going into district.”

Sherman does believe a postseason run can happen. 

“The key to our push is working hard during our practices and having all learning how to push ourselves to hurt through a tough workout,” Sherman said. “Pacing and consistency is our goal during this time.”

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