Rebuilding is the theme for Spring Valley cross country program this season. The boys team was had hit by graduation, and so was Shauna Bell’s girls team that return just three letter winners from last year’s region championship team that finished eighth at the Class 4A state meet.
The lone starters returning are junior Alanna Cates and sophomore Emily Bakaj. Cates was the Vikings No. 1 runner at state last year, finishing in 26th place. Bakaj was in the starting lineup at state but did not figure in the team scoring.
“With only two varsity runners back, we are starting out as a team that is very inexperienced in running,” said Bell.