GALION — Galion’s boys and girls cross country teams enter this season once again with a familiar face as their coach. George Guins, now in his 48th season as a cross country coach, wants to take his teams to the next level, to compete for league honors with the runners he is sending out on courses throughout Ohio.
Looking to improve on their fifth-place finish in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference last season, the boys team returns a few key letterwinners. Juniors Luke Eisnaugle, E.J. Ronez and seniors Lucus Conner and Colin McCullough look to anchor a team that finds itself varying in experience and skill levels. Along with the leadership provided from those four, a few newcomers to the team — Braxton Tate and Matt Sparks — are looking to come in and make an impact.
“We return a lot of young letterwinners and they will have to step up if our boys team is to have any success,” Guins said.
The girls team returns everyone from last season, when the Tigers year finished sixth in the MOAC.
“We have a large senior class that needs to step up and take on some leadership roles,” Guins said.
The girls return several letterwinners from last year’s squad. Sophomore Sari Conner, junior Ashlie Sallee and seniors Lauren Higgins and Megan Zier look to provide the leadership push that coach Guins is seeking. Senior Theresa House is one new member of the team that could come in and help make a difference.
As for the overall outlook for this running season, coach Guins says that “both teams will have to get more competitive.”
The Tigers begin their season at Marion in a dual meet against Marion Harding on Aug. 25. The first time that teams will be at home is Sept. 17 for the annual Galion Cross Country Festival.