Seven boys and girls participate

Boonville cross-country coach Jonathan Kersha said a total of seven boys and girls have participated in the first-three days of practice thus far but expects a couple of other runners to come out.

In addition to a lot of base training, Kersha said the team will also spend the first week on trying to build base and endurance. "We're trying to build four mile runs to start off," Kersha said. "We will start increasing the mileage through the weeks and start mixing in speed work. We will also do some work in the weight room."

The Boonville Pirates cross-country team will kick off the 2012 season on Thursday, Sept. 6 at Oak Grove starting at 4 p.m.