WLHS cross-country comes out strong

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Oct. 6, 2011
Windsor Locks cross-country teammates Morgan Packer-McCarthy (right) and Miranda Waterman (left) cruise to the finish in Sept. 28's meet with Stafford and East Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Windsor Locks cross-country teammates Morgan Packer-McCarthy (right) and Miranda Waterman (left) cruise to the finish in Sept. 28's meet with Stafford and East Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

On Sept. 28, the Windsor Locks High School cross-country team hosted Stafford and East Windsor in an unconventional, tightly-run meet. Due to looming weather and small team size, coaches determined that a combined girls’ and boys’ race was in order, and all teams set their sights on the finish line.

“My goals for the team are to have fun, increase membership, and do the best we can,” said first-year WLHS head coach Brian Carroll. “I plan to recruit here at the high school and the middle school, too, for the future.”

Eight members - five boys and three girls - form the Raiders’ small but determined team. Captains Morgan Packer-McCarthy and Zach Dulka take their responsibilities as team leaders seriously. “I expect Morgan and Nathan to take leadership roles because they are both solid runners and they have good leadership ability,” the coach said.

Dulka, a senior, commented on the season so far. “I am really enjoying the small-team atmosphere,” he said.

Fellow senior captain Packer-McCarthy finds running inspiration from her father. “My dad runs, so I guess I take after him. It sounds funny, but I enjoy cross-country because I’m not all that coordinated, and running has always been something I enjoy doing,” she said.

Junior Nathan Sheffer commented on the team dynamic. “The best part of cross-country this year is my teammates. We’re small, but it’s a good atmosphere, and we always have a good time together.”

Unlike several competing schools, the WLHS course allows spectators a constant view of the runners, taking athletes through a 3.1-mile course of gradual climbs and straight-aways around the athletic fields, finishing the final lap on the track.

On the Raiders’ upcoming schedule, several challenging courses loomed. “I anticipate that the Wickham Invite [scheduled for Oct. 8] will be a challenge,” Carroll stated. “The course is quite hilly.”

In the Stafford/East Windsor meet, the top WLHS finishers were Nate Sheffer,19:55; Morgan Packer-McCarthy, 25:35; Miranda Waterman, 35:35; and Amanda Kulas, 27:07.

A full schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.


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