Stafford cross-country teams are preparing for conference
By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Stafford - posted Thu., Sep. 27, 2012
Mark Dunn coaches both the boys' and girls' varsity cross-country teams at Stafford High School. During a recent afternoon practice, he said that this year's girls' team, with four sophomores and four freshmen, is “very young and inexperienced.”
“Fortunately, the four sophomores have come back in better condition and know what to expect, having gone through it last year,” said Dunn. He said that freshman Rachel Gallison will become a key performer, in conjunction with sophomores Erica Lawlor, Anna Smith and Onie Tumel.
“They're out there and they're working hard, and they're giving me a solid effort,” said Dunn. “I can't ask for much more than that.” The girls' team could use more runners, so “we've got to keep them all healthy, really,” said Dunn. “Over the course of the season, they'll do better as a team than they did last year,” he continued. “I'm looking forward to that.”
The 12 athletes on the boys' team are also working hard, said Dunn, who added that some of the senior boys are helping to provide leadership. “They really know the program well, and know what to expect,” he said.
The team includes three new runners - Zach Kulman and brothers Jacob and Ethan Ives. “Those three kids are really adding a lot of depth to the team, along with returning junior Ben Gluck,” said Dunn.
Dunn said that in terms of the top seven or eight kids, now with more experience, the boys' team should show improvement over last year. “The conference is tough. We're not one of the bigger schools in the conference,” said Dunn. “We're the third or fourth smallest.”
The conference meet takes place in approximately mid-October, while the state meet happens at the end of October. “We hope to get our PRs [personal records], our best runs of the season at the conference meet and come back and run strong at Wickham,” said Dunn.
Follow the Bulldogs' progress at www.casciac.org.