n SHS facing some obstacles during preseason workouts
SIKESTON -- Ten cross country athletes have committed to running for the Sikeston Bulldogs in 2007.
Coach Gregg Holifield has a group of four seniors (Matt Rushing, Charlie Jones, Ethan Riley and Amanda McReynolds), two juniors (Rafael Johnson and Jacob Cole), one sophomore (Amos Helms) and three freshmen (Jacob Alsip, Jacob Murphy and Will Holifield).
Since practice began Aug. 6, Sikeston has had some obstacles in its way. One concerns the terrain of southeast Missouri and the other deals with the heat and humidity the Bootheel region has experienced this summer.
"We have to overcome the fact that there are no relatively steep hills in this area because it's very flat," Holifield said. "When we're running at meets away from here, the courses have hills and that is a big test to our conditioning."
The Bulldogs have been doing running drils each day for about 30-45 minutes inside the Sikeston High School Field House, especially on days when the temperature has climbed past the 100-degree mark.
"The heat of August has forced to train inside the field house, which has a climate controlled by air conditioning. It's been hard to put the kids through situations they will be facing once the season starts," Holifield said.
The season for the Sikeston Bulldogs begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Jackson Invitational, which also includes Dexter and Kelly.
SHS does not host any home meets during the regular season this year. On Sept. 8, Sikeston and Dexter will be running at the Kelly Invitational at 10 a.m.