Season preview: Blue Springs South girls poised to compete for repeat

Last November, the Blue Springs South girls cross country won its first-ever team state championship. The Jaguars’ top six runners all finished in the top 50 en route to an exciting end to the season.

Senior Mya Trober led the way with a fifth-place finish to cap her final MSHSAA race as a Jaguar. She ended her high school career by sweeping the 1,600 and 3,200 runs and placing fourth in the 800-meter run at the Class 5 state track meet in May. 

At the state cross country meet, the other two seniors were Amy Woolsey and McKenna Ledgerwood. They were the fourth and sixth runners for the Jaguars.

Coach Ryan Unruh answered some questions about this year’s team. His Jaguars begin competition Sept. 3 at the Tim Nixon Invitational in Liberty. They have a good chance to once again be one of the top Class 5 teams in Missouri this fall.

How did summer go for your team?

We had a great summer. Mileage and participation were up. Girls were committed, motivated throughout. We had a great summer camp in Colorado and they came back ready to go.

Who is returning from your varsity squad from last year?

We return four of our top seven plus our top 4-5 JV runners from last season. Returners include Emma Allen, Maggie Boley, Caitlin Grover and Hayley Neff.

Who are some newcomers or up-and-comers to varsity that you think might make an impact this season?

We are really excited about sophomore Ella Rew, freshmen Molly Hays and Ashlyn Wahrenbrock, and junior Caroline Haines. All should make a significant contribution to our varsity squad.

What excites you most about this team?

Every year brings new challenges. The biggest one this year is replacing three, 4-year varsity runners. I’m excited to see how our returners grow as runners and leaders. I think we have some exciting young talent that  am anxious to see progress this year.

9/3 – Tim Nixon (Liberty)
9/10 – Olathe Twilight
9/24 – Rim Rock Farm Classic
10/1 – KCXC (Ray-Pec)
10/8 – Kearney
10/15 – Conference
10/29 – District
11/4 – State

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