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Area cross country teams start off the season with different strategies

A Vale runner pushes through his first lap at the Dash n' Splash meet Thursday, Aug. 29. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

VALE — For Vale cross country athletes, the season builds up to districts, not state.

“To be honest, our districts is probably harder than state,” said Vale coach Mary Chamberlain. Chamberlain is confident in her runners in the face of that challenge. 

Two of Vale’s 11 boys, Casyen Young and Dylan Williams, trained this summer at Steens Running Camp – a high altitude running camp near Burns.

“We feel very strongly that they have a run at state,” Chamberlain said. “They will be in the top ten and hopefully in the top five.”

The girls team is also preforming well. Chamberlain sees seven strong female runners, which means there is a high probability of . . .