Bowden: 2015 cross country ‘dream team’

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The Big Timber cross country team has an interesting mix of veteran and inexperienced runners as the Herders gear up for their 2015 season.

Six girls and four boys make up the 10-member cross country team. The Big Timber boys feature two returning sophomore runners in Brandon Schwers and Clayton Gano. The boys will also have some new blood this season as they welcome freshmen John Baxter and Jacob Husman.

The Big Timber girls also have two returning junior runners. Tanna Campbell and Jordan Chulyak will lead the Herders this season, with fellow junior Kate Indreland back on the team after not running her sophomore season.

The Herders have three new girls on the team, as well, but all are upperclassmen. Emily Hughes and Brielle Stosich are two new juniors, and Megan Garrard is new to the team as a senior.

Head coach Christina Bowden sees her team as poised to make big gains throughout this season.

“A big goal is to increase our weekly mileage from last year, when everyone was new on the team,” Bowden said. “But the main goal is always to see where they stand at their first race and improve immensely throughout the season. I’m looking forward to seeing sophomores Brandon Schwers and Clayton Gano meeting and even besting our lettering requirements this year. Also, having enough girls to earn a team score is a revived motivator for the Herder girls and a great focus for them at meets.”

The Herders put in plenty of work during the offseason, going on twice weekly conditioning runs, and now they are ready to put that training to the test in their first meet of the season this Friday, Aug. 28, in Livingston.

“The SGHS XC team is full of standouts as far as motivated, coachable athletes,” she said. “They are eager to get out there work hard and improve their times and fitness. It is a dream team.”

By Thomas Watson / Yellowstone Newspapers