Scouting Report: 1A/2A Cold Spring Girls

Name: Casey Howell

How many years have you been coaching high school cross country (and at your current school)?

Starting my 10 year, 3rd at Cold Springs High School

What do you attribute as the main reasons for the success of your program?

Our success at CSH comes from keeping God 1st... as well as an amazing community, administration, parents, and student athletes!

What would be the best way to describe your style and philosophy of coaching and working with high school runners?

Our coaching staff at CSH believes coaching is a ministry. Our prayer is that our program glorifies God and shares His love with others. That we remember who we run for. 

What are your core beliefs in your training plan and workouts for your cross country squads?

At CSH we have a year long training program that changes depending on the season and athlete. 

How many runners do you return from your top 7 from a year ago?

We return 6 of our top 7 from last year

Who is your projected top 7 heading into the cross country season?

TBA :)

Who are your team captains or leaders and what stands out about them as examples for the rest of their teammates?

Our team captains this year are Ava Akridge and Reagan Parris. They compliment each other very well, each bringing something different but vital to our team.

Who have you been most impressed or surprised with their improvement and/or fitness from their summer training?


Any impactful freshmen or transfers to join the team this season?


What are the top invitational meets that your team will be attending this season?

Chickasaw Trials, Southern Showcase, Kudzu Hills, Jesse Owens, etc!

What will be the biggest obstacle or challenge facing your team this season?

Staying healthy and motivated!

What will be the biggest reason why your team is successful this season?

Remembering "Our Why," staying healthy and motivated!

What is a favorite annual or common pre-season workout or run for your team?

Running Oakville Indian Mounds in the summer & XC Camp!

What is a favorite annual or common mid-season workout for your team?


What is a favorite annual or common championship season or end-of-season workout for your team?

Pre-race walk-through at Oakville Indian Mounds the week of the state championship!

What are your top 3 goals for this year's squad?

Trust in God, work hard, help others!