They’ve broken in their shoes by logging hundreds of miles in the heat. The 2018 Bulldog Cross Country team has hit their stride as they practice for their first meet this week.
Looking at the season ahead, Coach Eric Townsend says, “I am most excited about watching both teams develop identities and continue to improve each week and at every meet. Each season brings on a new set of challenges and a new group of individuals who have to try to come together as a team.”
Townsend was forthcoming when asked if he expected it to be an uphill battle. “Both teams will face different challenges. The girls’ team will be looking to find a top 25 state place winner. If any of the girls can develop into that type of runner, the girls’ team will be very good at the state level. The boys’ team will be looking for more depth on varsity.”
As the season progresses, leaders emerge, strengths develop, and runners have not just coaches to push them, but members of their team, as well. Townsend expects the seniors to be the leaders this year. “Most of these seniors have been running for a number of years and bring a ton of experience.”
Spectators can also expect good things this year. Look for the girls’ team to be in the running for their third NEC title in a row, and the boys’ team to be in the hunt to capture the Northeast Conference team title. Four of the top five runners from last year’s second place boys’ team are returning.
Bulldog Cross Country will be off and running officially on August 27. They host the Breathe Easy Meet.