The Staples girls cross country team is optimistic that it will be successful this season. Last year, Staples finished seventh at FCIACs, 12th in Class LL and just missed qualifying for State Open. The team's goal for the year is to qualify for State opens.

Lady Wreckers Coach Kristin Simonsen said, "I know qualifying for State Open is a big goal for most of the girls. So I look forward to meeting that goal."

This year's captains are seniors Emily Hanrahan and Rachel Myers. Myers said, "It was an honor to be chosen as captain. Emily and I will try to lead by example by running hard in practice and workouts and to help the team be as excited for the season as we are."

Staples has many talented runners. In addition to Hanrahan and Myers, senior Ingrid Johnson and sophomore Judy Feng are returning contributors.

Not only does the Lady Wreckers have key returners, but also some new additions that are sure to help the team. Simonsen said, "There are a few new girls who are proven runners from the track team, [juniors] Caroline Smith, Maeve Flaherty and Samantha Oberlander. We are looking forward to seeing what they bring to the team."

In the off-season, Staples trained rigorously. Hanrahan said, "Most of us trained six days a week this summer. It's often hard to dedicate your summer to running but this dedication has a clear effect on performance during the season."

The talent level on the team this season is off the charts, which provides the Lady Wreckers with plenty of depth. Hanrahan said, "The past few years we've had a few very successful runners but this year we have about 10 runners who could potentially be on varsity. Our depth this year is amazing and I'm looking forward to great things from this team."