TOMAHAWK - The Northwoods seems to always be well represented at the state cross country meet each fall.
That talent comes from miles and miles put in throughout the year.
One team believes those miles combined with higher roster numbers could turn into a state appearance.
The Tomahawk Hatchets start the season with more than 12 runners on each team.
The girls have two state returners and five freshmen who made quite the splash in middle school.
Fortunately, both the girls and boys teams only lost one runner to graduation.
"We have a lot of depth too, we are all pushing each other and there's that friendly competition which really helps, there's never any slacking off when you have that," said senior runner Haley Voermans-Dean.
Last season both Hatchet teams placed third in the GNC and fourth at sectionals.
Junior all-conference runner Drew Bolder spent the summer at top notch cross country camps across the country and has brought that expertise back to his team.
"I've been working with the guys on some stretching stuff and getting warmed up and knowing the importance of that," Bolder said. Just trying to keep things relaxed and knowing when we need to get serious and making sure everyone is locked in all the time."
The Hatchets will host their own invite on October 12th and the WIAA sectional on October 26th.