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Forest City Cross Country seniors

The seniors on this year's Forest City High School Cross Country team are, front row, from left, Alana Letzkus, Anna Weaver and Henriette Winum; back row, from left, Chandler Stecker, Randy Vaughn, Jacob Buffington and Tanner Welton.

FOREST CITY | This fall's Forest City High School Cross Country team is looking to follow up on last year's success. 

The Indians lost 16 seniors to graduation, but "we have a lot of kids that will be returning," said Randy Vaughn, one of seven seniors on this year's team. 

There are 46 high school students out for cross country this year. 

"We are very deep," Vaughn said.   

"We are very encouraging of everyone," said another senior, Anna Weaver. "Everyone does a good job of supporting everyone else."

Vaughn said the Indians' goals for this season are to "win a couple meets, be one of the top teams at district and maybe win the conference." 

Both the boys and the girls finished second in the Top of Iowa West Conference last year.

Weaver said she wants to see the Indians "do our best and push ourselves." 

Another goal is to "just have fun doing it," said senior Chandler Stecker. 

Individually, the Forest City runners want to achieve some personal best times in races, he added. 

Weaver said it's important than everyone, whether they are on varsity or not, develops leadership skills. 

Stecker said the Indians need to work on accountability and "making sure everyone is giving their 100 percent."

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