The Foresters began the cross country season in familiar fashion Aug. 31. The women, who won conference last year, finished first out of five teams, and the men finished second out of four teams at the Hokum Karem meet at Wabash College.
Coach Tom King said that the team as a whole has “gotten off to a good start” despite some setbacks.
“Our runners are pretty tired right now, but that’s to be expected,” he said. “We are not as healthy as we would like to be, but we have plenty of time for that to get better.”
For the men’s team, King praised sophomore Tyler Herber.
“Tyler came in ready to race,” King said. “He had a great summer training and was eleventh in our initial meet running with the lead pack of NCAA Division I runners.”
Herber said the team has run “really, really well.”
“I’m very excited,” he said. “We have a lot of new talent, and the new returning talent has worked really hard over the summer. It looks like we’ll have a real good year and a real good couple of years.”
Most of last year’s women’s team returned this year.
“We have an excellent group,” King said. “Hannah Moore and Cendall Ogle are leading a close group of ladies.”
After their success at Wabash, the Foresters traveled to Eastern Illinois University Sept. 6 for the Walt Crawford Open. The women finished seventh out of thirteen teams, and the men finished sixth out of twelve teams.
The following week, the women finished second out of seven teams and the men finished fourth out of nine teams at the Lancer Invitational at Grace College.
“We need to get healthy and stay patient as we progress through the season,” King said. “We just want to make progress so we will be able to freshen up at the end of the season.”
The Foresters have three more meets before the conference meet Nov. 9.