Aug 28, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Wolverines have 27 combined runners out for the team.
Numbers are getting bigger for the Riverton High School Wolverines cross country program.
Coach Jay Dayton is working with 15 boys coming to practice.
RHS entered the second week of workouts on Monday.
"We have good numbers with the boys," Dayton said. "We have a good looking crew of freshman this year. That will help us with what we already have and what we are building on from last year."
There are 12 girls on the roster. RHS has 27 combined runners on the team.
"The girls numbers are up," Dayton said.
"We had better participation this summer than we had in the past," Dayton said.
Dayton put on a Wolverine distance camp in July.
"We had some kids turn out," Dayton said. "I would have liked to have more."
The camp consisted of four days of distance running and different team building activities.
"We just helped their knowledge in the sport of cross country," Dayton said. "It was kind of a wake-up call to learn them know that it's coming. We invited the middle school to come up with. We wanted to start with the younger ones."
The RHS seniors on the boys team are Brytan Spoonhunter, Sean Watts and Matt Amos.
"We just expect good leadership and guiding some of the younger athletes through the season," Dayton said. "We expect good competition out of them."
Senior Jillian C'Bearing hasn't been cleared to compete from her doctor for the Wolverines.
"Hopefully, next week she can start with the practices," Dayton said.
Junior Olivia Thompson is back for the RHS girls.
Thompson won the Class 4-A state title in her freshman season.
Thompson placed 12th last year at the state meet in Douglas.
The Wolverines open the season Friday at the Green River Invitational.
Dayton picked the Green River meet because the Class 4-A West conference is on the same course.
"It's a new little tweak in the schedule," Dayton said.
The race in Green River is 3.1 miles long.
"We want to get a run under our belts on Friday," Dayton said. "We want to see where these guys are at and where they need to go for the season. We have a few that won't have enough practices. We won't carry a full squad for this first meet."
RHS, Rock Springs, Green River, Evanston and Casper Natrona are in the West 4-A.
After the Green River meet, RHS runs in the Rawlins Invitational on Friday, Sept, 6.
"That is always a good stepping stone for us," Dayton said. "It will give our younger runners a chance to run up front a little bit more."
RHS will have its home meet on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Wind River Golf Course.
In the past, RHS officials have put that meet in October.
"We are trying to beat the weather a little bit," Dayton said. "We have been unsuccessful in the past. We have had so many snowouts. You just never know in Wyoming."
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