While some of the key names will have to be replaced, the Winder-Barrow High School cross country teams are expected once again to be factors in Region 8-AAAAA.
Coach Michael Lofton said official preseason practice begins Thursday, although the team has been working throughout the summer. Team members, depending on varsity experience level, have logged hundreds of miles on the trails at Fort Yargo State Park.
“We have been running at Fort Yargo four days a week,” Lofton said Sunday. “We are working in building our mileage up. We want our varsity runners to have between 600 and 750 miles before our first meet. We want our junior varsity runners to have 500 miles and our new runners to have from 300-400 miles.”