Trammel, Kelly supply CHS’ pace
Centennial’s cross country program had a banner season in 2015 as the boys squad and two Lady Spartans qualified for the Class 5A state championships.
The program took a hard blow from graduation in the spring and repeating the success it had last season will be tough.
Coach Sarah Eden has one boy and four girls returning from last year’s squad. The program swept all four titles at the District 8-5A championships in 2015, so the cupboard isn’t bare for Eden.
At the Class 5A Region I meet, the Spartans finished third and the Lady Spartans placed fifth. Then at state, the boys were 10th overall.
Heading the boys squad will be sophomore Trenton Kelly, who placed 12th at state, and freshman Trevor Pennington, Eden isn’t sure who will be on the varsity.
Sarah Trammell, who finished 10th at state, will guide the girls. Also back for the girls are seniors Emily Terrell and Karly Burson and junior Kayla Whitmire.
“Things on the boys and girls varsity are wide open,” Eden said. “We probably had more summer running than in the past but still not enough for me. There were a few kids that did a really good job and some that had never run before so that’s good. Overall I wish they would run more. But you can never run too much for me.”
The numbers are good in the program with 55 runners out. That’s up from 40 last season. More runners means more competition and more chances to find the right competitor.
The boys squad is a rebuilding effort, Eden readily admits. The varsity took a blow by losing five runners to gradation and sophomore Jacob Meador, who has decided to concentrate baseball.
“We have a good group of runners in each class,” Eden said. “How good we will be is all going to depend on who comes to the top. Right now, I can’t tell who will be running with the varsity. I think it is going to take two or three meets to see who will be on varsity come district.”
With four girls back from the team that raced at regionals the competition for the final spots on the varsity roster will be good. Some of the front runners are senior Savannah Becton and sophomores Abbi McCandless and Jordan Lamond.
The squads open the season Saturday at Waxahachie’s Woodhouse Invitational at Lake View Park. After competing Sept. 2 at the Elk Run 16, Centennial will host its first meet, the Spartans Invitational.
“We should have 20 varsity teams and 12 or 13 middle schools running,” Eden said. “It won’t be big but it will be fun. It’s not going to be an easy run because it’s going to be hilly.”
The District 9-5A championships take place Oct. 20 at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.