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Numbers running up: PHS cross country program growing

Fall Sports Preview 2017

The 2017 Prairie High cross country runners are (from left): back row, coach Jenny Arnzen, coach Dave Young, Justin Lockett, Anthony Karel, coach Glenn Poxleitner,  Ciara Chaffee, Jacey Rambo and James Villamor; and, front row, Hope McIntire, Molly Schwartz, Kyliegh Duclos, Kendra Duclos,  Maria Schmidt,  Kerri Villamor and Jessie Sonnen; and, not pictured, Sierah Poxleitner, Sarah Ross, Cheyene Mauer, William Hooper, Tyler Leanard and Calli Perrin.

Contributed photo / Glenn Poxleitner
The 2017 Prairie High cross country runners are (from left): back row, coach Jenny Arnzen, coach Dave Young, Justin Lockett, Anthony Karel, coach Glenn Poxleitner, Ciara Chaffee, Jacey Rambo and James Villamor; and, front row, Hope McIntire, Molly Schwartz, Kyliegh Duclos, Kendra Duclos, Maria Schmidt, Kerri Villamor and Jessie Sonnen; and, not pictured, Sierah Poxleitner, Sarah Ross, Cheyene Mauer, William Hooper, Tyler Leanard and Calli Perrin.



Prairie cross country coach Glenn Poxleitner has 13-14 girls out this season — including the whole group that ran at state last year.

“We continue to grow,” he said, “and we’re young and talented.”

The girls placed fifth at state last fall.

Coach Poxleitner highlighted a senior of a similar name: Sierah Poxleitner, who brings “wonderful spirit and she helps carry a positive attitude,” he said.

In the program’s third year, the Pirates have “kids who can push it to a new level,” but he didn’t want to single any of them out.

Instead, he praised volunteer coaches Jenny Arnzen and Dave Young as “outstanding and dedicated.”

“They’ve put lots of money and time into the program,” he said, noting the coaches all run with the team in practice as a “motivating factor.”

The boys side graduated four of last year’s competitors, including state qualifier Grant Gehring.

“We’re starting from scratch this fall,” he said of the boys side, “but senior Anthony Karel is coming on strong. He’s a good team leader coming back from an injury he suffered last year.”

The Pirates have scheduled four meets so far and are likely to add others: Sept. 9 at Asotin, Sept. 16 at Clarkston, Sept. 23 at Eagle Island State Park and Oct. 7 at Lewiston.



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