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Cross country team draws new faces

Kingman High School's cross country team comes into this season with a lot of new faces.

With only two returning seniors on the boys' side and none on the girls' side, this promises to be an interesting year for the Bulldog runners.

Despite losing several quality runners from last year's team, the boys' team should be able to make some noise this season.

Tyler Angle and Cory Benson are back for their fourth and final years.

Angle should be the Bulldogs' top runner this season after finishing second at regionals and ninth at state last year.

Benson also placed in the top 10 at the regional meet last season and both runners have been working to improve in the off season.

Overall, the Bulldogs have a young squad, with six underclassmen participating this year, but the experience and leadership Angle and Benson can provide should help the younger runners develop.

The girls' cross country team is even younger than the boys' side.

With no seniors and only one junior on the roster, this season will be one for coach Anne Bathauer to rebuild the program and develop the potential that is there.

Pam Erickson is the lone upperclassman for the Bulldogs.

She finished last season 15th at the state finals and has the ability to place even higher this season.

She will need to be a leader on a team mostly comprised of sophomores.

Any experience she can pass on to her younger teammates will be helpful.

The Bulldogs have the largest group of girls on the team this season that they have had in years.

The freshman and sophomore classes are loaded with potential, and could surprise some people, Bathauer said.

Both sides will compete at the Peaks Invitational Saturday in Flagstaff.

This will be one of the largest meets Kingman will participate in this season, with 30 teams slated to compete.

For many of the Bulldog runners, this will be their first opportunity to race at a major meet and see what they can do.