Aug 28, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorExpectations are always high for coach Kevin Green and his Lander Valley High School Tigers cross country runners.
This year isn't any different.
Green has the bar set for the Tigers to challenge for a Class 3-A state championship in October.
LVHS placed fourth at the 2012 state meet. Star Valley won the crown. Jackson was second, and Cody came in third.
"We have seven returning varsity runners. We lost a few seniors from last year," Green said.
Many of the LVHS runners participated in different triathlons or in road races to prepare for the season ahead.
"They probably didn't put in as many as miles in as I would have liked to see," Green said. "That is a tough thing, because a lot of them are working and doing different things."
The Tigers started practice Monday, Aug. 19.
"A lot of them had enough miles to be competitive right at the start," Green said. "They put in a lot of miles in the first week of practice. They have worked on speed."
Green said LVHS has responded well.
"They are a little bit sore," Green said. "That is to be expected. Everybody is for the first two weeks. We are working on technique and speed."
Senior Tristan Herr is one of the team leaders for the Tigers.
"We all know what a great spring athlete Tristan is in the 400 meters and 800 meters," Green said.
Senior Drew Gramlich and junior Micah Whiting should be near the lead pack. Gramlich finished his summer vacation by doing the annual Lander Sprint Triathlon.
Senior Nate Linton was injured most of last year but is back running varsity for the Tigers.
Green said the biggest surprise back is junior Tyrell Tillman.
"We are getting him in shape," Green said. "He probably won't see any varsity action for a few weeks. When he is ready, he is going to help us a lot."
There are six girls out for LVHS cross country.
Sophomore Keeley Garvin is back, and Chelsea Bad Hawk transferred from Wyoming Indian to LVHS.
Bad Hawk placed in the top 15 at the Class 2-A state meet.
Sophomore April Makeshine has a year of running varsity under her belt.
"We are really young and we are really thin," Green said of the girls team.
The Tigers first race on the 2013 schedule is Friday at the Casper Invitational.
LVHS will be going against a majority of the Class 4-A teams in the 3.1-mile race.
The junior varsity race goes off at 1 p.m.
"There are a few 3-A schools there," Green said.
After the Casper race, LVHS is set to be in the Rawlins Invitational on Friday, Sept. 6.
The Wyoming Indian Invitational is Friday, Sept. 13.
Lander's home meet is Thursday, Sept. 19.
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