Strong girls’ cross country team returns at MHS
The Mathews High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams returned to the training field on Aug. 1 for what is expected to be another successful season.
The girls’ varsity squad has six of its seven runners returning from last year’s Region A championship team. "This is a new season, and the competition for the top seven spots is wide open," head coach Drew Greve said.
The girls will step up to meet the challenges of reaching the winners’ podium at states. Last year, the team was within sprinting distance of the podium, receiving a fourth-place finish. The girls won the district crown and, for the first time in the history of the program, the Region A championship.
The boys’ varsity team is a relatively young team, graduating six of the team’s seven starters from last year. For four years, the same cadre of boys worked for four district titles, two regional titles and a fourth-place finish at states last year.
This year’s developing boys’ team hopes to carry on the tradition of never losing at Mathews’s home course, Beaverdam Park. "The team may lack in experience," Greve said, "but the effort they put forth in practice is impressive."