Sonora girls looking strong in cross country

August 24, 2001 12:00 am

A new chapter in the history of Sonora High School cross country has begun under first-year head coach Brian Miller.

He takes over for the retired Jim Roeber, whose teams won myriad Valley Oak League championships and five Sac-Joaquin Section titles in 19 seasons. How is the transition progressing?

Everything is going great, said Miller, who was Roebers assistant the previous two years. We started at the beginning of summer and most of the varsity kids were showing up or running on their own. And Jim had been running a camp in Tahoe for years and I took over running it. We had a really good time and had some great workouts. They were used to me as an assistant coach and that gave them a good opportunity to bond with me as head coach.

The strength of the program this season appears to be the varsity girls team.

We have an awesome team this year, an all-star team not only on the cross country field but in the classroom as well. Theyre averaging a four-point something (in grade-point average).

Seniors Alexa Carleton, Jennifer Foster, Megan McInnis and Britta Segerstrom and sophomores Melisa Hough and Nicole Hart form the nucleus of the team. Segerstrom was No. 1 most of last season and Hough came on strong in the latter stages. McInnis, Sonoras ace in 1998 and 99, returns at full strength after missing most of last season with injuries.

We have lots of girls, but not a lot of boys, Miller said. Our boys are good, but were not deep.

Sophomore Bobby Rapp, juniors Ryan Royce and Tim Tennyson and seniors George Snyder and Dominic Spading are Wildcats to watch.