GSL cross country
After finishing third last year in Greater Spokane League boys cross country with a 6-2 record and winning an invitational meet in Edmonds, the veteran Bullpups are flying high.
“I like to think we’ll be in the hunt,” said Coach Tony Maucione.
“Edmonds was at least a good start, a very impressive start.”
Every runner but one is back, including South Side junior Jim Rucker, who finished 26th in state last year.
“He’s much, much stronger than last year,” said Maucione. “He has the potential to finish in the top group at state.”
Senior co-captain Kirk Larson, South Sider Rick White, Tim Ulmen, and seniors Kevin Carlin and Donald Weiber are also experienced.
Junior Jim Falkner, who was injured last year, is back. Newcomer junior Phil Long won his flight at Edmonds in his first race ever. Brett Hergert contends.
The girls team is a combination of returnees and newcomers. They could help Gonzaga Prep move up a notch or two in the GSL standings after an 0-8 record last season.
“I hope we’re improved,” said Coach Terry Kelly. “We had a rough year last year.”
Sophomore Jill Larson, Kirk’s sister, is the team’s No. 1 runner.
Varsity returnees are seniors Ann Leonetti, Katie Mayer and Jamie Varela.
Junior newcomers are Erin Johnston; Kim McDonald, who won the all-city freshman race two years ago; Jamie Frank; and Breanne Evans.
A couple of freshmen, Beth Leonetti and Carly Barnes, or junior Amanda Spethman could challenge.