Sports: A Young Cross Country Team Dreams of State
With their first invitational this morning, the cross-country team hopes to set the stage for yet another strong season. Equipped with several young, but experienced runners, the team has high hopes for great success to come.
With only five seniors on both boys and girls varsity combined, the team is compromised of mostly younger runners. This does not seem to be a concern though, as several of the under classmen already have at least one year of varsity experience under their belt.
On the girls’ side, there are five sophomores who are returning varsity runners, along with track CCS finalist, senior Taylor Fortnam.
Coach Perry comments, “For the girls, it is either State or bust,” but “as long as injuries don’t play a factor, [State] has got to be one of the big goals for the girls.”
Coming off a great track season, with several talented runners, Coach Perry is optimistic that the girls will find success this season in cross-country.
As for the boys, the goal of State seems even more tangible. The boys placed third in CCS for the last three years, when only the top two teams qualified for State. This year, however, the rules have changed, sending the top three teams from CCS to State. If the boys can maintain their position in CCS, they will realize this long-held goal.
“The boys are interesting,” Coach Perry comments, “they put in a lot of work over the summer and weren’t ranked very highly going into the season, but they had a great track season, and I think that will make them stronger.”
With several returning varsity juniors, and track CCS finalist, senior Zach Plante, the boys are setting themselves up for success. Along with Plante, Coach Perry sees juniors Adam Scandlyn and Nico Plume as emerging top runners for the boys.
Scandlyn comments, “I am most excited to see how we can come back after a third place finish in CCS last year.”
With their first race underway this morning, we will see how the Bears set themselves up for the realization of these ambitious goals.