East Coweta gears up for cross country opener

As East Coweta begins its 2013 cross country season today, head coach Susie Chestnut is optimistic about both programs' chances for a successful campaign.

The school expects to showcase a mix of depth and experience during this morning's Bob Blastow Early Bird meet in Douglasville, which will be held at Fox Hall Farms.

'Attitudes and commitment to the program have been phenomenal this year, and we are looking forward to a season full of growth and success,' Chestnut said.

Among the top runners coming back on the boys side is senior co-captain Josh Brice.

A year ago, Brice finished third at the Coweta Cup.

He is joined by senior co-captain Samuel Siprelle.

Also returning for the Indians are top performing sophomores Caleb Christopher and Matthew Shumake.

A collection of new runners including Kyle Hunt and Ryan Jewett should be in the mix among the Indians' top runners. According to Chestnut, the Lady Indians aren't as deep as the boys squad, but they still have some experienced runners set to compete including senior Darian Pugh, a veteran cross-country and track standout. Pugh finished fourth at last year's Coweta Cup Championships. She also had four second-place efforts in the mile during the 2013 track and field season.

Seniors Rebecca Baker and Junior Anna Weatherly will also compete for the Lady Indians.

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