The Licking Heights High School boys cross country team's thin lineup is providing opportunities for three freshmen.

The Licking Heights High School boys cross country team's thin lineup is providing opportunities for three freshmen.

Kevin Yeager was the first to seize the moment by stepping to the front early on for the Hornets, who compete Wednesday at the Northridge Invitational and Saturday at Watkins Memorial. His classmates are Cody Hood and Kevin McCauley.

"Kevin is a good athlete and can do whatever he sets his mind to," coach Suzie Ketcham said. "He ran in middle school so he has some experience."

Chris Taylor is the only senior and sophomore Chris Davis also returns for the Hornets, who were fifth at last year's MSL-Cardinal Division meet won by Grandview (19), an eventual Division III district team champion. Licking Heights did not score at the Division II, district 2 meet won by state-qualifier Canal Winchester (23).

The girls team's lineup is even thinner with only three runners, but sophomore Catie Campbell shows plenty of potential. She was 27th at last year's district 2 meet in 21 minutes, 39 seconds and then advanced to last spring's regional track and field meet in the 3,200 meters.

"She had a strong freshman year running so we have big hopes for her," Ketcham said. "She put in a lot of time training this summer."

The other girls are senior Haleigh Caplinger and sophomore Amber Van Luvanee.

The Hornets were third at the MSL-Cardinal meet won by Grandview (56) and ninth (243) at the district meet won by New Albany (48). They lost graduate Autumn Springer, who placed fifth (21:16) at the league meet and 44th (22:42) at district.