Confident for the boys; determined for the girls.

Coach Lacie Pearson, in her fifth year as the Lincoln County High School Cross Country coach has high expectations for the boys team. Her top five runners are all boys. She said the girls on the team are very talented as well, but are few in number. “We have a lot of what I call newbies on the girls’ team,” she added. Newbies can be good and bad. You get time to train them but they are not experienced and have to be willing to learn. Same goes for the new boys.

Pearson encouraged her athletes to run during the summer. Those who did are more prepared and determined for the season.

Pearson is also coaching Ammon Rasmussen from Pahranagat Valley High School. Pahranagat doesn’t have a enough people for a full cross country team, so Rasmussen will work to qualify for state as an independent runner. “He is showing great potential,” she said. And being a sophomore, he will have lots of time to develop, the coach added.

The team’s first meat was on Saturday. They next head to the Moapa Valley Invitational on Sept. 17.

All of the runners are determined to qualify for state.