McAfee coaches XC runners at Shrine Bowl
After his stellar work with the De Soto cross country teams last year, head coach Chris McAfee was selected as one of the coaches for the annual Shrine Bowl race in Wichita.
The race was part of a Shrine Bowl expansion, which originally included only an all-star football game. This is the second year that the cross country race was held at Wichita State University.
“The kids ran a two-mile race that started on the road and finished on the track inside the stadium where the football game was played,” McAfee said. “It was pretty cool for those who competed, the game was televised and so was part of the race.”
McAfee said the only kink with the race was the fact that several capable seniors, including two from De Soto were unable to compete because the registration required too much advanced notice.
“We had guys that could have competed, but they asked for nominations way back at the end of the season,” he said. “Neither one of them could commit at that time. Next year that format will change so that nominations could be done later in the year.
“It still worked out well, though. We had some good senior runners compete.”
McAfee said his job as one of the coaches was primarily to organize the kids and aid them in any way he could before the event.
Of the 53 seniors who competed in the event, 45 runners are slated to compete in college next year – a number that impressed McAfee.
“It was a great opportunity for the athletes to get to know each other and share some experiences,” he said.
Next up for McAfee will be his return to De Soto to get his squads ready for a Frontier League title run.