The Van Alstyne cross-country team got the opening day jump on football and volleyball as workouts began at 7 a.m. on Monday.

Coach Russell Best welcomed six runners to the first practice of the season. Best will be assisted by Hannah Smith.

Molly and Evan McQuirk, the brother-sister team that enjoyed so much success last season, will be looking to improve on those impressive 2012 results.

Evan, who is entering his senior season, finished second at the regional meet to qualify for state.

Molly, a junior, had a seventh place finish at the regional meet in Arlington.

Best would like more numbers in his program, but, as the back of his shirt reads, "If it was easy everyone would do it."