Youth has not been an issue, but rather the strength of the Ellington High School girls cross country team.

The Lady Whippets were recently ranked eighth in the state as a team in Class 1 and are fresh off a top-3 team finish at the Steve Waggoner Invitational Thursday in Willow Springs.

A squad mostly made of freshman last year still had an outstanding season, and head coach Chris Bouma says they haven’t slowed down with a team almost entirely composed of freshman and sophomores.

The past, present and future all bright for sophomore Grace Lloyd in particular.
Lloyd finished second amongst Class 1 runners at the Waggoner Invitational after a strong finish at the 2018 state championships.
But Bouma says she wants more.

The Ellington boys also had a highlight in Willow Springs, as junior Carson McNail won the Class 1 meet.
Both teams are back on the course at Alton Wednesday.
To hear the full interview with Chris Bouma about Ellington cross country, click play on the audio file below.