The GHSXC loses several key varsity runners from our 2016 campaign - seniors Carlie Martella, Allison Kowatch, Adrienne Edwards, Zak Goddard, Justin Desloover, and Jack Hervela leave big shoes to fill. All were consistent varsity runners over the last 2-3-4 season and filling that 1/2 of our varsity squad will be tough. Brianna Martin was also lost to a move when she went back to Grayling, she would have been a sophomore.
Our returning runners - Mikayla and Mackenzie Massey, Amanda Keysor, Laina Thomson, Nicole Houghland, and Cameron Martella all saw varsity action last year and with their summer miles I hope they've matured to take on full varsity roles this year. Amanda, Laina and Cameron all put in over 300 miles to make our 300 mile club and this will pay them dividends.
On the boys side we return Nick Green, Andrew Quaal, Kenny Smith, Jon Thorold, Mason Monchilov, Derek Giallombardo and Jacob Book. All were solid performers for us last season and I believe that we can get at least 5 of these guys down in to the 17 minute range at our home regional course.