By DARIN ALLRED

Register Sports Editor

LINDSAY — While most of Cooke County was still sleeping Monday, several Lindsay High School cross country athletes were out running.

Lindsay held their first cross country practice of the 2009 season at 6:30 a.m., Monday. The practice featured three one-mile runs with a five-minute rest in between each.

“It was about what I expected for the first practice,” Lindsay head coach Robin Hess said. “The ones that worked out over the summer ran well and the ones that didn’t, well it showed.”

The Lady Knight team is expected to again be one of the strongest in the area and maybe one of the best Class A teams in the state. Six of Lindsay’s top seven runners from last year’s team that placed third at State are back for this year including Kelsey Hermes, Megan Caillier, Jessica Block, Shirley Hess, Bethani Eberhart and Jordan Fleitman.

Hermes finished eighth at the State cross country meet in 2008 and then finished fourth in both the 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter runs at the State track meet in June. Caillier was ninth at last year’s State cross country meet and won a bronze medal in the 800 meter run at the State track meet. She is expected to have surgery early in the season and could miss up to three weeks.

As for the Lindsay boys, Thomas Rohmer returns for his junior year after qualifying for regionals last year.

Hess plans to step up the workouts as the week goes on. Today’s workout started at 6 a.m., and included two two-mile runs. Wednesday she expects to put her runners through two 20-minute tempo runs.

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