Hitting the ground running: Yukon Harriers eager to hit the course

The Yukon cross country teams are opening the 2016 regular season at the Putnam City Invitational on September 6 at Woodson Park in Oklahoma City.

However, the Millers and Millerettes will host their annual Alumni Run on August 25 and then compete in the scrimmage-run against Mustang the week of the annual Yukon-Mustang football game.

Yukon has been having voluntary practices throughout the summer months three-days per week and they have had the biggest turnout to those voluntary workouts that they have ever had.

The girls return four varsity members from last year’s team. Hannah Delgado, Ashlyn Williams, Jessica Canales and Micha Heinbach are the retuning varsity girls.

The boys return five varsity members from last year’s squad. Elijah Akrom will be the No. 1 runner for the Miller harriers with seniors Connor Cosgrove and Kendall Watson and sophomores Noah Hanscom and Kolby McCoy are the five varsity members returning for the 2016 season.

“Practice has been going pretty well,” Yukon girls cross country coach Rod Zimmerman said. “We have more people out for summer practices than we have had in the past. We still have a long way to go but if we continue to work hard we will see our times improve throughout the season and be where we want to be at the end of the year.”

Yukon boys cross country coach Matt Parent said the goal is to qualify for the state tournament every year but understands it is a process getting there.

“We want to continue to build and get stronger throughout the season,” Parent said. “The first month or so, we will be focused on our aerobic fitness and then we will work on our speed so by the end of the year, we are at our best.”

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