The Lansing Lions cross country team still has a little more than a week before the season begins, but that is not stopping the team from continuing to train hard.

This year’s team will be coached by longtime assistant Josh Floetke as he takes over as the head coach. He has been happy with the training for the team so far.

“Training has been going well,” Floetke said. “Many of the runners put in a lot of work over the summer, and it is showing. It has really allowed us to get into some fun workouts right out of the gate.”

Floetke says that a runner will put in an average of 40 miles depending on the athlete and point of the season.

The team will return 14 boys and 11 girls this season including a handful of seniors that will bring leadership to the team. 

“JT Lozenski, Nate Baker and Drew Allen are all four-year seniors,” Floetke said. “And I look forward to their leadership on the boys’ team. Celeste Hammond, Bailey Rees and Annelise Holland are all four-year seniors on the girls’ team, and they will be great leaders as well.”

Floekte is looking forward to the various upcoming meets for the season. He said that the team will get to race in both of the locations of the conference and state courses during the season.

The cross country team begins the season at 9 a.m. Sept. 1 at the University of Saint Mary in a dual against Tonganoxie.