By David Margolies
With many of last years top runners moving on to collegiate athletics, the East Cross Country Team is pushing to maintain its competitiveness in the PAC 6 conference.
Len Keller, a senior who is relatively new to the XC program, believes that some of this year’s senior boys are ready to step up to the plate.
“Andrew de Figueiredo, Evan Owre and Chris Hassel really have what it takes to make this XC team the best one yet. I am confident that over the next few months, they will prove their ability to lead,” Keller said.
Keller also mentioned that other Senior runners, such as John Johnson, Will Owen, Conrad McCoy and Michael Sheslow have stepped up to motivate the underclassmen runners, and bring the program to its full potential.
Emmeline McManus, a senior and veteran XC runner, has a similar outlook as Keller.
“We have lost some people, but have also gotten stronger, and I think we are going to surprise everyone this year,” McManus explained.
A new influx of strong freshman has also helped the women’s team keep their competitive edge. Rookies Morgan Ribisile and Annika Narbut have already proved themselves as some of the top runners on the girls team. Participating in serious running programs since middle school, these two women are proving to not only be a force to reckoned with, but also leaders. Other veteran runners such as Emily Juel have also stepped up to keep the program on track by facilitating team bonding events such as ice cream socials and preseason trainings.
The men’s and women’s East Cross Country team have both stepped up this year to make the best of their situation, and have another fun and competitive season.