The Rattlers have become a traditional local power in cross country. Within the past five years Magazine can boast of having two state champions (Katy Carter twice), three state runners-up (Carter, Travis Williams, and Logan Lyle), 11 district championships, and 12 All State athletes.

The Rattlers are hoping to build upon that success in 2013.

The senior girls return All-State runner Kaitlynn Ryan, All-Region and five-time All-Conference runner Brittney Bryan, five-year letterman Heather Bryan, plus newcomer Kayla Canada who looks to be the final piece of the championship puzzle. Panhia Yang, Hope Kohler, and Samantha Holmes look to give the Rattlers the depth needed to win the conference title.

In the senior boys division, junior Hunter Chastain looks to lead a young squad. Senior Tyler Cotton put in his best summer workout to date. Keith Dority should return from last season’s injury to propel the team into conference title hopes. Rookies Jonathan Christensen, Donovan Shelton, Cody Lewis, and Matt Quain look to push the Rattlers back to the top of the conference after a runner-up finish last year.

The junior girls have many returnees and a host of newcomers. The junior Lady Rattlers have won four of the past five district titles and hope to add to that run this year. The team will be led by Braylea Mathews, Taylor Schulte, Kelsey Kintsel, and Kalyn Bryan. Newcomers looking to make a big impact on a championship run include incoming seventh graders Loren Ryan, Hannah Smith, Emily Staton, Emily Schulte, Mikayla Lamirand, Lynsey Wilkins, Kelsey Krigbaum with a handful of other hopefuls.

Finally, the junior boys’ team looks to also make the transition to the gold level after a runner-up finish at last year’s district championships. All Conference performers Trevor Blake and Austin Canada look to propel a young but eager group into contenders. They are joined by Max Greb, Levi Reed, Jesse Witt, and Levi Wright. Troy Blake, and Charles Lewis hope to return to form this season.