Ken Hittson wants to see decreased times and an increase in Red Devils when it comes to the postseason.
The Richmond High School cross country coach aims to have his teams running their best by the the time the sectional races roll around in October.
First, though, the Red Devils begin their 2014 season this Saturday as the host for the Richmond Invitational on the IU East course.
“We’ll use the first several meets, including our own invitational, to see where we are and see what we need to work on, and we’ll work on getting better at those deficiencies,” Hittson said.
Seniors Timothy Stroud and Seth Gray will be two key components for the Red Devil boys team, which also returns Stephen Lakes and Logan Tilton.
Newcomers include sophomore T.J. Henemyre.
Hittson aims for RHS to be in the top half of the North Central Conference. The NCC meet is Oct. 4 at Marion.
“That’s where we’re hoping to be, in the top half, and then concentrate on sectional,” Hittson said. “Hopefully we can advance as many as we can to regional and semistate.”
Richmond’s returnees on the girls side include regional qualifier Kinzie Martin.
Tiffany Chowning, Megan Gardner, Madison Cuhner and Macey Thornburg will also be counted on this season.
“We would like to advance more than one individual to regional this year,” Hittson said. “The girls are running well. I think we have a chance to advance as a team in the regional.”
Richmond’s schedule this year includes invitationals at Rushville (Aug. 30), Marion (Sept. 6), East Central (Sept. 9), Connersville (Sept. 22) and Delta (Sept. 27).
Hittson is eager to start the season with a home meet.
“I love having our invite as our first race. It’s nice to run at home and have a lot of parents and spectators out watching,” he said.
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• Saturday: RHS invite
• Aug. 30: at Rushville invite
• Sept. 6: at Marion invite
• Sept. 9: at East Central invite
• Sept. 13: at Randolph Southern
• Sept. 22: at Connersville invite
• Sept. 27: at Delta invite
• Oct. 4: at NCC