• Centennial junior Sarah Trammell will pace the Lady Spartans’ efforts this season. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Eden has Centennial primed for success

One day during workouts a runner mentioned something to Centennial cross country coach Sarah Eden about a three-peat sweep for the Lady

Spartans and Spartans at the district meet. Eden was quick to shut down such talk in her oh-so-gentle way.

“Can we not even talk about that,” Eden told her runner. “That is a long way off.”

The talk isn’t there but the possibility of a varsity/junior varsity sweep existed. The strength of the Lady Spartans’ program makes that possible.

With Sarah Trammell, who has run at state the past two years, Abbie McCandless and Kayla Whitmire returning, the Lady Spartans could win the District 9-5A title.

That opportunity exists because of the three returning runners and group of seven hungry runners who are vying for the last four varsity spots each week.

“On the girls side, it is just so fun because I’ve never had a ton of competition,” Eden said. “I’ve had some pretty good girls but it has been three, four maybe five of them. This year there are ten girls working together and pushing each other.”

In that group of ten is a solid contingent of freshman who are nipping at the heels of those ahead of them.

On the boys side, the Spartans have four runners back including Trenton Kelly, Trevor Pennington, Nick Newby and Darrien Burley.

The question mark is who will fill the other three slots to form the boys varsity team each week.

“Have some kids I am hoping will step up,” Eden said. “After that it’s just who knows.”

The squad opens the season Friday at the Waxahachie’s Woodhouse Invitational. They compete at the Elk Run 16 next week then host the Spartan Invitational in three weeks.

“I’m ready for us to start and see how we can do,” Eden said. “Right now everyone is excited and running.”

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Centennial junior Sarah Trammell will pace the Lady Spartans’ efforts this season. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE