Only six chances to get ready for KCAC meet.
LINDSBORG — Bethany College's Aaron Yoder, coach of the men's and women's cross country team, has a simple goal set for each of his teams; finish in the top five of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Also, have at least two women and two men qualify for nationals as individuals.
He, along with assistant coach Eric Hoke, will have four returning letterman on the men's side, led by senior Ivan Perez and junior Samuel Frost. Sophomores Curtis Ivanoff and Teylyr Wheeles also return for the second season with the Swedes. Add to that newcomer Jamall Theodile, a junior college transfer from Northwest Technical School and the men have a great nucleus of runners headed into the season.
For the women it is senior Melissa Olson who will lead the way, along with juniors Elyse Bergquist and Linda Martinez and sophomores Katelynn Adam and Molly Achterberg. Yoder also expects incoming freshman Ajay Dandu to make a serious contribution.
As Yoder looks ahead to the six meets leading up to the KCAC Championships on Nov. 4, he cannot narrow down which is the team to beat, as he believes it is all of the KCAC teams.
"Our goals are simple," Yoder said. "We want to finish in the top five in women's competition and top six in men's. We'd also like to send at least two competitors from each of our teams to nationals as individuals."
The first opportunity to work toward that goal comes up this Saturday, as the Swedes travel to Victoria for the Fort Hays State University Alumni Run 4k/5k, scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.
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