Rustler runners preparing for season

Aug 13, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College's cross country team is training in anticipation of the new season's first race in South Dakota.

Certainly, there aren't many hills in Riverton, but the runners of the Central Wyoming College cross country squad found one on a recent morning and used it accordingly during a morning training session.

Major Avenue between Riverview Road and Main Street provided the grade and Rustlers' head coach Al Lara's athletes provided the grit, as they continued to ready themselves for the new season's first race.

According to Lara, the formidable natural obstacle and how his runners reacted didn't lie to him.

"I can see we still have a lot of work to do," said Lara.

"Some of the team did their homework over the summer, but some didn't and those are playing catch-up."

However, despite early returns, Lara is optimistic his squad will be ready once the gun goes off, he said.

"We'll be working hard on training and looking forward to getting in better shape," said Lara. "The miles will increase and the hills will get bigger."

Central will open its season at South Dakota School of Mines on Sept. 2.