For most people, the idea of getting up every morning, putting on running shoes then hitting the jogging trail sounds great, but the only thing that gets hit is the snooze button on the alarm.
For the Monett Cubs and Lady Cubs cross country team it's called fun.
"The entire cross country squad spent a tremendous amount of hours training this summer," Head Coach Melanie Mayberry said. "We expect great things from these kids."
The Lady Cubs return letterman and three-time state qualifier senior Hannah Martin.
"Outside of Hannah, we have a completely new squad of girls," said Mayberry "We will be counting on her leadership for this team."
New to the Lady Cubs this year are seniors Sami Nielson and Gina Meier, juniors Sophie Fulton and Jordan Vanlue and freshmen Lupe Renteria and Madeleine Weber.
|The men's cross country team will rely upon a solid core of returning veterans.|
Second team All-Conference Juan Renteria and returning letterman Bill Townsend will lead the team as seniors.
They will also be joined by first team All-Conference. All-District and state qualifier junior Chris Renteria, junior Daniel Bryan, junior Ryan Saunders and returning junior letterman Isaac Weber.
Returning sophomore letterman Caleb Blue and sophomore Michael Morley will be expected to contribute, and freshmen Aaron Morley and Jonah Ragsdale round out the team.
"We have high expectations for the Cubs," Mayberry said. "We look to be title contenders in the Big 8 Conference and in our district."
In order for the Cubs and Lady Cubs to achieve its goals, they will have to compete against some stiff competition.
"In our conference, East Newton is always tough, well coached and disciplined." Mayberry said. "In our district West Plains and McDonald County are always tough opponents.
"Our teams biggest strength, knowing what it take to win," Mayberry added. "They work very hard, do everything we ask and I am proud to be their coach."
The Monett cross country teams open the season Sept. 2 at Neosho. The Monett Invitational is Sept. 14.