Eighth-year Oregon cross country coach Tim Gipper welcomes back a solid core of girls runners that has the Hawks looking for big things in the 2020 season.
Seniors Leah Watters and Lydia Cermak, juniors Faith Marquardt and Ashley Diehl and sophomores Ellen Hodson, Natalie Tremble and Hadley Lutz were each sectional qualifiers last fall.
They will be joined by seven more returning runners in seniors Kaitlyn Ramirez, Madison Byerley, McKenna Tremble and Abigail Tomlinson, junior Taylar Rufer and freshmen Grace Tomlinson and Valerie Nyderek.
“One of our strengths this year is we have a core group of athletes that should be able to run in a pack for scoring purposes and the leadership of our returning athletes,” Gipper said.
Newcomers this season will be seniors Ella Martin and Alexis Wilhelm, sophomores Jennica Ciesiel, Katelyn Bowers and Ava Wight and freshmen Hailee Taylor and Teagan Champley.
“We are excited about what the incoming freshmen are going to bring to the team,” Gipper said. “And we have some upperclassmen that are going to bring a great addition to the team.”
On the boys side, the top returning runners are seniors Ryan Hussung and Conner Harshman, junior Nicholas Meives-Wylie and sophomore Lane Halverson.
Newcomers to the team include seniors Riley Benton, Austin Ebert and Gavin Bradshaw, sophomores Grant Stender and Edwin Estrada and freshmen Leo Cardenas and Gabe Reed.
“A great group of young men that work hard and want to do well,” Gipper said. “We are looking forward to what this group of runners can accomplish this year and what the new additions to the team will bring.”
The Hawks begin the season on Tuesday, Sept. 8 with a home triangular against Stillman Valley and Byron.