Coach: Scott Burton, 2nd season
2013: 3rd at Hancock County, 8th at Hoosier Heritage Conference, 6th at New Palestine Sectional
Top 5 runners
Next in line: Rebekah Gottwald/10, Nicole Watson/10
Outlook: Scott Burton just wants his Cougars to continue to develop. In due time, the Greenfield-Central coach believes times will drop and the blue-and-gold will return to the regional meet as a team, something it hasn’t done since 2011.
The first order of business is replacing Rebecca Flora, who now runs for Marian University. Flora, who qualified for the track State Finals in the spring with G-C’s 1,600 relay, was the team’s top finisher at the Hancock County Meet (fifth), Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet (21st), New Palestine Sectional (16th) and Rushville Regional (38th) in 2013.
Kenzi McTernon, who ran with Flora and with fellow 2015 senior Claire Talbott at regional last fall, would appear to be next in line. McTernon was eighth at county, 26th at HHC and 22nd at sectional last year.
“Right now, Kenzi is that senior who is our top returner,” Burton said. “The expectations are on her.”
Nicole Stephenson is coming back from an injury she suffered at the end of last season, and the junior, plus Talbott and senior Katie Wickham, are all experienced varsity runners.
Burton will also be counting on a handful of newcomers: sophomores Rebekah Gottwald and Nicole Watson, and freshman Sydney Cook.
Gottwald and Watson are in their first year of high school cross country after running track last spring, while Cook comes in after a strong middle school career.
“Sydney Cook is stepping up as a freshman, Burton said. “She’s really going to help us.”
In their first meet of the season, the Cougars travel to Earlham College for the Richmond Invitational on Aug. 23.