CANTON — The Canton-Galva High School Eagles cross country team has a small mixture of youth and experience to lead them into 2016.

The boys will look to replace Lane Wiens, while the girls most notably lose Brittany Dieker. However, both squads have the runners to make this season much more successful.

Although the Eagles didn’t bring home any team or individual accolades last season, there are a few athletes who showed potential last fall.

Maddie Snow had a sensational sophomore season, which was capped off with a 10th place finish at the 2A Republic County Regional. Snow is the only girl on the team with state experience, and has a solid shot at bringing home a medal in late October.

Kaylee Littrell is the lone senior for a team, girls and boys, that will be fighting a lack of numbers.

Canton-Galva also returns sophomore Whitney Nightingale, who was extremely impressive as a freshman. Nightingale placed 43rd at the Heart of America League Meet, and 38th at regionals.

The boys are led by junior Cash Toews, who has been on the varsity team since his freshman year.

Toews is complimented by junior Dawson Minson and sophomores Logan Miller and Tristan Smith.

Head Coach Lyle Silsby is entering his 11th year as head coach of the Eagles, who begin their season on Sept. 1, in Tescott.

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