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Slim numbers in cross country

Just one runner out for Culver
Culver and Madras high school coaches are scratching their heads wondering why kids are not showing up for cross country practice.
   While the low numbers might be alarming, both coaches indicated that participation numbers increase once school starts in early September.
   "We only have six kids out for cross country so far," said MHS coach Donnie Alire. "It's sad, but getting kids to come out in August is pretty tough."
   Senior Miguel Vasquez, along with juniors Brandon Hawes, Isaac Fisher, J'Von Smith and Raymond Hill have shown up thus far.
   "Miguel, Brandon, Isaac and J'Von are all returning, so we'll be relying on those four," Alire said.
   Nicole Andy is the lone female runner out for the team thus far.
   "The boys that we have out are experienced runners and could be really successful if they really want it bad enough," Alire said. "We work as a team in this sport, but it takes a lot of individual dedication to qualify for the state meet."
   Madras has not qualified a runner for the state meet since 2007. The White Buffalos finished fourth overall at the Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference district meet last season.
   The White Buffalos begin their season Sept. 6 at Cascade.
   Culver has just one runner totally committed at this point - senior Kyle Belanger.
   "We're working on finding a few more runners," said CHS head coach Tom Kirk.