CHEYENNE — Rick Bishop recognizes he’s got a chance to field a quality girls cross-country team this fall at Cheyenne Central.
The challenge — can he get five talented runners on the same page?
Among the athletes running cross-country for the Lady Indians this fall are four who have picked up at least one top 25 finish at the Class 4A state meet over the last three seasons.
In 2010, Casey England (12th), Tristan Tyrrell (19th) and Heidi Pfoor (25th) hit the mark. In 2011, Tyrrell (25th) hit the mark again followed by Madison Yager’s 13th-place finish in 2012.
The talent is there. It’s just never been there all at one time.
“They’re all gifted athletes. They all consider this their secondary sport and I welcome that. But I think they’ll galvanize together and really produce a nice team for this,” Bishop said.
Tyrrell will only practice with Central twice a week as she’s playing soccer down in Fort Collins. England is back from injury while Pfoor, a hurdler in track, spent time this summer getting ready for distance running.
Bishop adds that Kendall Cogley-Huntington could be the best runner out of the group. She found cross-country last year and has grown significantly since joining the team.
If those five girls could get on the same page, the Lady Indians might have a season to remember.
“I really think we can get a trophy this year. I think we can place in the top three,” Bishop said.