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Hounds, Lady Hounds feeding off drive to build on success

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    The Greyhounds are counting on a very strong returning nucleus to back up last year’s top-ten finish. BRAD HARRISON/Staff

When last year’s cross country season ended, the expectation was for the Greyhounds to go into the offseason with a strong wind of momentum given that they had snagged a top-ten finish at the state meet for the first time in program history.

That expectation has been realized for the Greyhounds as they’re now getting a break during summer workouts. Head coach Geoff Moore says that JCHS has had around 60 runners taking part in summer workouts, a sign that there’s a desire within the program to meet a standard that’s been set on both the boys’ and girls’ side of things.

“Everything’s going well,” Moore said. “We’re getting ready to get back going with some hard workouts and move toward the fall. The kids are showing up and working hard. They’re showing lots of maturity and getting in each time and wanting to put in the work.”

The Lady Greyhounds posted a top-ten finish for the fifth year in a row, and their task now turns to looking for younger runners to step up following the graduation of four seniors.

With a wealth of experience returning, the expectation is for the Greyhounds to exceed last year’s mark.

“The boys, they’re loaded. We’ll have a competitive top 12 or 15. The sky is the limit for these guys,” Moore said. “From what I have seen, we should compete for the region title. That’s our goal, to win region and be in the top five of the state.”