Reyna running wild in Class 6A

WICHITA, Kan. Only two races separated Gabriela Reyna from perfection a year ago.

The Wichita North senior finished seventh at the Rim Rock Classic in Lawrence and was a fourth-place finisher at the Class 6A state meet.

In 2016, the Redskins' star has her eyes set on a state championship and is a part of arguably one of Class 6A's deepest rosters.

"With the girls we have coming back, I feel we'll be able to go after the City League and have a shot sending this team back to state," coach Mike Pope said. "With Gabby and (Alexus Castor-Inscho), it's a 1-2 punch. They'll have a chance to go 1-2 in league and regionals. It sets us up to be really strong."

Shawnee Mission Northwest's Molly Born won by over 30 seconds at last year's state meet and has set numerous records in her first two seasons.

Reyna's eyes' will be set on the Cougars' phenom in her final season.

"It comes down to her work ethic," Pope said. "She'll always be a student of the sport. All summer she went to training camps to learn about different drills, stretching techniques and ways to improve her running... her biggest goal is to compete and beat the girls up north."

On the boys' side, Pope said he has 13-14 runners who could run on his varsity roster and it's made for great competition early in practice.

Martin Anima, who's a junior for the Redskins, finished 14th a year ago and anchors the boys' roster.

Also returning are state runners Isaac Nelson (39th), Jahaziel Rojas-Cortez (86th) Jackson Setter (95th) and Javier Reyes (99th).

Reyna said the boys and girls are complementing each other well and have competed all summer and into the fall.

"It's really exciting," Reyna said of the boys' team depth. "They're pushing us on the girls team and we compete against each other all the time. It's a great group to run with."