9/25/2012 6:01:00 AM Enthusiasm for LWHS job has Abraham blinkin' Cross country coach excited about future of the program
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Lee Williams’ Brendon Allred (882) reaches the top of the third hill during the second loop of the Mark Weston Invitational Cross Country Meet Saturday at Bridgewater Links Golf Course, Lake Havasu City,. Allred finished 39th with a time of 20:26.77.
A rumor that a girl might join the Lee Williams High cross country team was pure excitement for coach Joan Abraham.
Her excitement isn't much of surprise when you consider the Volunteers opened the season with just three boys on the roster. Now they have five. So the idea of a girls team, even if it's just one girl, perks up Abraham.
"We are always looking for more runners," Abraham said. "I have a hint a that maybe a girl will join the team ... so yeah, I'm very excited."
While Abraham waits to see if any girl decides to join, she will continue to work with the current roster of Brendon Allred, Jeffrey Nagel, Tyson Spencer, Kyle Hinson and Kyle Shoppmann.
"We are building. We started the season with three boys," Abraham said. "They went out and beat the bushes (to get more runners) so we can go out and compete as a team."
Lee Williams had its first ever cross country meet on Sept. 12 in River Valley, where Nagel placed 46th to lead the Volunteers. LWHS also competed at the Mark Weston Invitational in Lake Havasu on Saturday and will be running alongside Kingman High, Bullhead City Mohave and Lake Havasu Wednesday at Kingman High School.
The school, which opened to only freshmen this fall, is sure to have some growing pains. However, Abraham is excited about the potential and what the future holds for the team.
"Looking ahead, I can already see Brendon say, 'Coach, what do I have to do to qualify for sectionals?'" Abraham said. "He wants it now and he's only a freshman. What is he going to do in four years when he's had four years of preparation? What is his potential? Every one of them, they are having to push. They don't have anybody to look up to. They are it."
For Abraham, LWHS holds a special place in her heart - it's where she went to high school, back when the building was Kingman High. When Lee Williams starts to host meets, she can take her runners through the hills that she ran as a member of the Lady Bulldogs cross country team.
It's a challenge she is looking forward to.
"We really have no place to go but up," Abraham said.