As the Panorama Panthers Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams have competed throughout the season, the injury bug has continued to be an issue.

Panthers Cross Country Coach Greg Thompson says this year the amount of kids currently out for the high school teams is ten, which Thompson says has caused issues for depth this year which Thompson says is a new experience as he is used to large cross country teams at Panorama.

“We’ve been kind of hit by the injury bug so we have not had really a full team ever but the injuries have really started mounting up on us.”

Thompson says as far as the high school teams go the depth is low but Thompson says for junior high girls cross country the coaching staff is excited. Thompson says so far this year the junior high girls have been impressive while competing in meets.

“The three eighth grade girls that we have have all been consistently two to three minutes faster every race than they were compared to last year and we would continue to expect them to improve as we move on and as they get older.”

The Panorama Panthers Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams are preparing to hit the course today when they take part in the West Central Activities Conference meet which has them running at 4:30 p.m. at the Lake Panorama Par 3 Golf Course in Panora.