Lions see depth as key to cross country success in ‘05
Lansing High cross country coach Errol Logue knows exactly what his girls' squad needs to contend for a trophy at the 2005 state meet - more depth.
The Lions had seven girls on their roster in 2004, which was just enough to fill a varsity roster. Of those seven, three made it to the Class 5A state meet at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence. All three - freshman Rachel Pride, sophomore Bianca Manago and junior Erin Eustice - will return next year. So will junior Ashley Mayes, who has been in Lansing's top four all season. Junior Jenny Miller and freshman Elizabeth Parks also will be back, with only Laura Abramovitz graduating from this year's team.
Logue said it excited him to think about how good the 2005 squad could be with so many runners returning, if they got a bit more help.
The six returners won't be enough to carry the load, and Logue knows it. League, regional and state team titles are determined by team scores. The top five runners score points for the team, so having a few more runners to choose from next year definitely would help the chances of Logue's squad bringing home some hardware.
"I told the girls if we could pick up a couple more girls and give us more depth, I said we can bring the whole team here," he said. "Well, they've already been working on it. Each one of them's going to try to get one more girl out of the halls to come out. If we had a little more depth, that would make a big difference to us."
Before the season was over, the girls already had begun recruiting their friends to run. Pride said she already had a friend who had committed to running. Manago, Eustice and Mayes have been doing their part, as well.
"We all have friends that we can talk to and try to get them to come out," Pride said.
The commitment to recruiting new runners has been successful so far, Manago said. It's an encouraging sign for what she said could be a very successful season in 2005.
"We're getting a lot of new girls," Manago said. "We just need to get a lot more girls on the team and out here to improve us and fill the gaps."