The Tucumcari Rattlers cross country team will begin its third season Friday at the Clovis Invite.
There are 29 Rattlers in cross country this year and 16 of them are newcomers to the program, according to Rattlers coach Garry Hittson.
There are more new runners in the program this year than total runners that were in the program when it was revived three years ago, Hittson said.
“The fact that the program is growing each year is a great indication the program is going in the right direction,” Hittson said.
This year’s goal for the Lady Rattler cross country members is to beat rival Pecos for the district title.
“We lost the district title last year by three points,” sophomore Lorri Harmon said. “To lose by that little of a margin hurts.”
The team has a solid core group with a lot of young talent and should continue to improve through the years, Hittson said.
2008 Rattler & Lady RattlerCross Country Schedule
Aug. 29 2:30 p.m. Clovis Invite Ned Houk Park
Sept. 31 9 a.m. Jemez Invite Jemez
Sept. 20 9 a.m. Pecos Invite Pecos
Sept. 27 9 a.m. Robertson Invite Las Vegas
Oct. 4 9 a.m. East Mountain Invite Sandia Crest
Oct. 11 9 a.m. NMMI Invite Roswell
Oct. 18 9 a.m. Rio Rancho Invite Rio Rancho
Oct. 25 9 a.m. Santa Rosa Invite Santa Rosa
Nov. 1 District Santa Rosa TBA
Nov. 8 State Rio Rancho TBA