Crimson girl runners have number, veterans’ leadership

by Bob San

The 2012 Crimson girls’ cross country team will have both veteran leadership and large number.

The season is off to a great start as coach Jen Riewe welcomed 73 runners, up from last year’s 52. The boost in numbers also brought some great new talent.

The Crimson girls test their strength at a scrimmage run at Elm Creek. (Photo by Rich Moll)

The Crimson girls test their strength at a scrimmage run at Elm Creek. (Photo by Rich Moll)

“We have several new seventh and eighth grade runners who have been training with our varsity squad,” Riewe said. “They are a very competitive group and are likely going to be filling some of the top spots on the team by the end of the season.”

The Crimson will be led by senior captains Cora Neisen, Kelly Olzenak and Nicole Schwieters. Other top runners are juniors Kendall Johnson and Leah Jackels, and freshman Jenna Brakob, Lauren Schielder and Jordan Quale.

“They have all put in a lot of pre-season training and are faster than they were at this point last year,” Riewe said. “I am excited to see what there times will be in our first few races.”

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