The Pleasantville cross country team returns two veteran girls and their top runner on the boys’ side of the slate for 2019.

Coach Aaron Fichter is starting his eighth year as the head man.

Starting with the girls team Emmie Kenyon and Hailee McCormick return as medalists in multiple meets last year. Hailee was all-conference for the Trojans at the league meet.

“Devon Luing was our best boy runner as a freshman last year. Trevor Pulse is a returner that has put time in this summer as well,” Fichter said in regards to the boys squad.

As for the strength of the team overall, “We have kids working on both sides that compliment each other. I think runners will be able to pack together some and push one another,” replied the Trojan coach.

The weakness is the lack of experience on the girls side, but Fichter quickly added, “I think the young kids will make an impact as the season goes on.”

Trenton Major is a junior to keep an eye on in regards to helping the team in 2019. This will be his first year on the team.

The girls have three freshmen who will be competing for varsity action.

In looking around the league, Fichter points to Panorama, AC/GC and Earlham on the girls side and Madrid and Des Moines Christian as being the leaders in the WCAC for boys.

Fichter closed by stating, “I think the boys will be much more competitive this year and our girls have a good core back with some young runners that will have an opportunity to step up later in the season.”

Perry Bell can be reached at sports@journalexpress.net or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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