Denison-Schleswig will feature 39 athletes in the sport of cross country for the 2019 fall season.
Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Nick Bradley, the Monarchs will have 22 boys and 17 girls running for time.
Expectations are high for the D-S boys, as they return six runners from last year’s varsity lineup and seven lettermen in all.
The D-S girls, on the other hand, will be looking to rebuild, as only one letterwinner is back in uniform from a squad that lost several to graduation.
Returning veterans for the boys are seniors Josh Ahrenholtz, Logan Dahm, Colton Johnson, Lenny Martinez and DJ Meyers and sophomores Cole Carlson and Ricky Ledesma.
"Last year was a growing year for the boys," commented Bradley.
"With six boys returning from our varsity lineup, they are excited to run. Currently, we have nine to 10 boys that could be battling for varsity spots," he added.
"The boys are extremely competitive with one another and that will only make us better every day," noted Bradley, who had two boys just miss the cut to qualify for the state meet a year ago.
Besides those already mentioned, other seniors out for the boys are Edwin Gonzalez, Fancisco Marquez, Ethan Muck and Jacob Miller.
Angel Vargas is the lone junior out for the boys.
Besides Carlson and Ledesma, other sophomores out this season are Reed Bowker, Esteban Castellanos, Jason Castillo and Valentino Escalante.
Freshmen out this season are Leo Flores, Alexander Garcia, Brian Ibarra, Kaiden Krajicek, Sebastion Lora and Kevin Ramirez.
On the girls’ side, sophomore Juliana Barajas is the only returning veteran from last year’s club.
This year’s youthful team has no seniors and only two juniors in Isabella Araujo and Evelyn Lopez.
Sophomores out are Kaily Cano, Elizabeth Cary, Leslie Chavez, Tania Cortez, Alison Fink, Olivia Gunderson, Jasmyn Ibarra, Ana Lara and Daisy Olivera.
Freshmen are Lauren Bowker, Jazmine Iglesias, Olivia Meyer, Claire Miller and Alyssa Thams.
"We lost a lot of running power when we lost several seniors from last year," Bradley said.
"We have several underclassmen this year that could start the rebuilding process for the girls."
"We lost Raegan Andersen, Morgan Goslar and Vanessa Gunderson to graduation, as they helped us score low points in every meet. We are going to have to have some girls step up and finish within the top 15 to help us score low points," said Bradley, who also coaches the school’s girls’ soccer and wrestling programs.
Bradley will be assisted by first-year coach Adam Mich and Amy Ettleman handling the middle school runners.
"All of the kids are running great so far. We’re excited to see what this season has in store for us," state Bradley, whose teams will open their season on Tuesday, September 3, at the Logan-Magnolia Invitational at Logan.
Denison-Schleswig Cross Country
2019 Composite Schedule
3 -Logan-Magnolia Invitational at Logan, 4:30 p.m.
7 - C.B. Abraham Lincoln Invitational at IWCC, 9 a.m.
12 - Greene County Invitational at Jefferson, 4:45 p.m.
17 - Storm Lake Invitational, 5 p.m.
21 - Kuemper Catholic Invitational at Swan Lake, 9 a.m.
26 - Maple Valley/A-O/CO-U Invitational at Mapleton, 4:30 p.m.
28 - Harlan Invitational, 9:30 a.m.
1 - Denison-Schleswig Invitational, 5 p.m.
10 - Atlantic Invitational, 4:30 p.m.
17 - Hawkeye 10 Conference Meet at Creston, 4 p.m.
24 - Class 3A State-Qualifying Meet, TBA.