ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Following a summer of individual training, Albany State's cross country team is back together preparing for the fall season.
Last year both the men's and women's team finished 3rd in the SIAC. Head coach Kenneth Taylor expects better in 2016.
"Focusing on the process of continuous improvement, we expect this team to improve on our cross country finish at the conference meet last year where we finished third. We'll be better than third this year," said Taylor.
Experience eludes the Golden Rams this season.
Out of 12 total runners, there is only one junior, and the rest are freshmen and sophomores.
"We have some great new runners," said sophomore runner Aaliyah Howard. "There's a lot of potential and I think we're all feeding off of each other and I think we can all push each other to get to where we need to be."
Both Golden Rams teams feel where they need to be is greater than bronze.
"Third wasn't too bad," said sophomore runner Jamorris Hill. "But we know we could've did better. Coming in this year it seems like our team is stacked. So we're ready."
The Golden Rams will ride that confidence into their first meet which is September 3rd at Georgia Southwestern.