Cross country team set for Stampede
By Joe Naiman
After two weeks of practice, Ramona High School girls cross country coach Kim Toth had 15 runners in her program.
“I’m really happy with what I’m seeing,” Toth said.
The girls who had previously been in the program or had notified Toth of their intention to become Bulldog runners had a summer training regimen. Following the CIF “dead period” that prohibits contact between coaches and athletes, official practice began Aug. 13.
“Everybody seems to be working together,” Toth said. “They can only get better.”
During the second week of practice the girls ran between six and 10 miles each day. Rain one of those days gave the girls a break from the summer weather while also giving them experience on a wet course.
“It kind of gets you prepared for everything,” Toth said.
The day the Ramona runners experienced rain was one of the days Toth used the Dos Picos County Park course, which will be the site of Ramona’s home meets. The Bulldogs also ran once on the Dos Picos course during the week in the absence of precipitation.
The team’s only returning senior, Alaina Lindquist, has been limited due to knee issues and may miss the beginning of the season. The other senior, Julie Ward, makes her cross country debut this year.
“That gives some of the younger ones a little more of an opportunity,” Toth said.
The Bulldogs open their season Saturday with the Vaquero Stampede race in Lakeside.
“I’m looking forward to the year,” Toth said. “With what I’m seeing I’m very excited about the season.”
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