After teaching and coaching at Indian Lake for three years, Betsy Selover took a position in her hometown of Wapakoneta this fall, but agreed to stick around for one final Laker cross country season before packing up her last pencil and returning home.
“This was a difficult decision,” Selover said of the move. “In those three years, I have made great friends and had great people I got to work with every day.”
Selover is hoping to make her last season with the Lakers a good one as both the boys and girls teams have full rosters, a luxury that girls haven’t always had in the past.
“Our strength this year is our depth,” Selover said. She expects to see a lot of competition for one of the top five slots on both squads. For the boys, Selover said that Gabe Reichert will start out as the Lakers’ number one runner, while Gus Dalton and Tommy Meek have shown “great improvement” and sees them moving into the second and third slots.
Kelson Stidam will be leading the way for the Laker girls, Selover said, adding that Madison Bryant “had a great summer with some strong running” in 5Ks. Newcomer Kyleigh Sharpin is also expected to make a name for herself this fall, Selover saying that she “shows great work ethic and I think she will move easily into the top five.”
With full rosters on both squads, Selover wants to see both teams move into the top five of the always tough Central Buckeye Conference.
Indian Lake will be hosting the annual Logan County Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with the starting gun scheduled for 5 p.m.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.