It's come full circle for new Homestead boys cross-country coach Andy Bosley.
From dominant, eventual school Hall of Fame runner in the early 1990s to coaching his own hyper-talented son Drew, Bosley is ready for this moment.
And so it appears are his defending North Shore Conference champion and state qualifying Highlanders.
"The boys had a very focused and productive summer," he said. "They should come into the season very fit with some room to improve throughout September and October. The goals the boys have set are to defend their conference and sectional titles from last year and compete for a top 10 place at state.
"As a coach, I love hearing ambitious goals; it helps create a great practice environment. We have some experienced runners who know what it takes to be good and some new faces that have stepped up to help us this year and next year. My message to them is to be tough and test their limits because we haven’t found them yet."
The Highlanders had an informal and positive start to their season when they completed in the Menomonee Falls Age-Level Coaches Classic on Aug. 25 at Rotary Park. Team ace sophomore Drew Bosley was held out of the meet in preparation for the Highlanders' own invitational at Tendick Park in Saukville on Friday, Sept. 2.
Homestead finished ninth in the state meet last fall as Drew Bosley earned all-state honors, finishing seventh in the 180-plus runner D1 field.
He also turned in a strong track season in the spring as part of the state-medaling 4x800 relay team.
The Highlanders graduated three performers off the state cross-country qualifying team, including multi-time state qualifier Evan Routhier, but the Highlanders have the tools to build well in his absence. Returnees include senior state qualifier Thomas Miller, senior Noah Cummisford and junior Meseret Elgin.
Andy Bosley, who took over for longtime coach Dan Claussen, is working with over 30 runners this fall, and others in that group look like they're ready to pick up the slack.
The Highlanders did well in the junior-senior race at Falls on Aug. 25, taking a close second to a strong Germantown team that will present challenges on both the conference and state level. Germantown scored 54 points to the Highlanders 59.
Miller showed he is in prime shape by winning the 100-man 5,000-meter race by 18 seconds with a time of 16:30. Meanwhile, Elgin was third in 17:03 and Cummisford fourth in 17:04. Newcomer junior Cooper Hunt had a fine race in taking 17th (17:55), while junior Harry Ward was 34th (18:34).
Other runners included senior Zion Bullock in 36th (18:47) and junior Jack Pfeifer in 42nd (19:10). On the freshmen-sophomore level, sophomore Kai Newman was seventh (18:24), and freshman Luke Starsky was 36th (20:48).
The Highlanders' meet on Friday, Sept. 2 will feature approximately 12 teams. The girls varsity race will start at 5:20 p.m., and the boys will get underway at 6 p.m.
Andy Bosley and the Highlanders feel they're ready for whatever competition comes at them. He wants the team to be ever-improving.
"This will be key as we will face some very well coached and tough teams in Germantown, (Whitefish) Bay, Tosa East and (Milwaukee) King at the conference and sectional level," he said.