Young cross country teams seek Nationals success


Despite an abundance of freshmen, Pima Community College cross country head coach Greg Wenneborg is excited for what the upcoming season will hold for the women’s and men’s teams.

“We are fully loaded with freshman,” Wenneborg said.

All but three runners on the 23-member teams are freshman, an occurrence that Wenneborg called “highly unusual.”

The three returning sophomores are Heidi Lopez, Jodine Steemers and Humberto Bravo.

Although having a team of mostly rookies can seem daunting, Wenneborg believes the squads have a bright future.

“It turns out it’s going to be awesome,” he said.

The incoming freshman include three Flowing Wells High School graduates who were among the top 20 recruits in Arizona.

“A lot of big recruits on the roster,” Wenneborg said.

The strongest incoming freshmen are Lucas Ruiz and Jamie Shrader.

Wenneborg’s goal is to keep the women in the top 10 at Nationals, as they have been for the last five years, and return the men after a year hiatus.

The teams’ first meet will be Sept. 3 at the George Kyte Invitational in Flagstaff. Events begin at 12:30 p.m.

Their lone Tucson meet is Sept. 16 at the University of Arizona. Regionals and Nationals take place in November.

On Deck
Sept. 3: George Kyte
Invitational (Flagstaff),
12:30 p.m.
Sept. 10: Artichoke
Invitational (Scottsdale)
7 a.m.

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