The Waynesville Tigers are ready to improve as a team this season. They are being led by sixth year head coach Nicole Jarman. The Tigers also have 15 runner returning from last season.
Coach Jarman said this about this season’s team, “We have a lot of people returning to run this year as well as some new faces. Many of our varsity athletes from last year had a consistent summer of training. As a program we are trying to build our mileage and push ourselves harder than ever before and support each other while doing so. I am excited to see how their hard work and dedication plays out this season as we get into our meets. Our first meet is Sept. 1 in Jefferson City. Hopefully we can end our season in Jefferson City as well at the State meet.”
The Tigers and Lady Tigers will also be helped this year by Brianna Moose, Avery Whittle and Alexis Goldsmith. They will serve the role as managers to build on last year's success.
The team placed fifth in the boys and sixth in the girls divisions as the Ozark Conference Cross Country Meet last year. They also competed well in a very strong district. Last year, Luke Morrison was their only All-Conference athlete in a meet that had some of the best runners in the state. Bryan O’Barr, Madelyn Newson and Morrison were all selected on the All-District team.
Coach Jarman said this about the her plan for the team this year, “Our goal is for some athletes to make it to the State meet this year and to improve our conference standings.”
Waynesville will have the following varsity runners returning from last season, Newsom, Chambre Garcia, Kiki Kolbow and Jasmine Cassidy. Morrison, O'Barr, Victor and Keaton Noah will also return. They also have Makkah Mujahid, Desiree Daos, Elisa James. James Dukas, Evan Nitchman, Elan Dreadfulwater and Seth Davis.
The new athletes to the team this year are, Astacia Garcia, Brielle Garcia, Jacob McKim, Qaden Vandervegte, Cassidy Bolwing, Nick Webb, Gabriel Golinghorst, Emery Oldenberger, Tessa Scott, Rheygan Mantle, Ashton Jameson, Alejandro Malave, MacKenzie McCurdy and Brooklyn King.
Waynesville will open the season at Jefferson City on Sept. 1. They will them travel to Lebanon on Sept. 10, before going to Forest Park in St Louis on Sept. 15. Waynesville will host their own meet on Oct. 11 at Piney Valley Golf Course on Fort Leonard Wood.