Weather, illness slow down Lander's cross country team for weekOct 6, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The final stages are here for the Lander Tigers cross country season.
Mother Nature has played a big role recently, with rainy and snowy conditions greeting the runners.
After seeing the Thermopolis Invitational canceled on Thursday, the Tigers were scheduled to compete in the Billings, Mont., Invitational on Saturday.
"The weather and sickness have slowed our progress a bit," Lander coach Kevin Green said.
"The kids are working hard every day and getting faster."
The Tigers are deep, with a number of seniors on their roster.
"Our upperclass leadership has helped the team through some of these rough times," Green said.
Big year for Whiting
Lander junior Micah Whiting is on a roll after winning the Lander Invitational and the cross country race in Riverton.
In both races, Whiting edged Wyoming Indian High School star Wilson Clifford for the title.
"Obviously, Micah is on a mission to win a state championship," Green said. "He knows his times are not yet fast enough to win the tough Class 3-A title.
"Micah focuses on dropping his pace and 1,000-meters splits each week," Green said.
"He is kind of like a NASCAR driver hitting his marks consistently."
Drew Gramlich is the No. 2 runner for the Tigers.
Lander took the boys team title at the Lander Invitational.
The 3.1-mile race was run at the Lander Golf Course.
"We have had so many younger kids drop amazing amounts of time this year," Green said.
"This group of young runners has never balked at hard training. I'm extremely proud of all of them."
For the Lander girls, Keely Garvin is the top runner.
"The girls are still faced with the same challenge we started the year of not having enough of them," Green said.
"They have been good ambassadors for our team by recruiting others to become interested in running and working hard every day."