Attitude on the upswing for Griswold boys' cross-country team
By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Mon., Nov. 11, 2013
The Griswold High School boys’ cross-country team came home from the Eastern Connecticut Conference championship race in Norwich with a Class S division trophy. They edged out last year’s champions, St. Bernard, for their 11th first-place trophy in the past 14 years.
The squad placed fifth overall in a field of 17 regional teams. Junior Lucas Medling led the Wolverine pack in the post-season with an eighth-place finish at the ECC race, with teammates Kyle Davis placing 26th and James Finley coming in 31st in a pack of 119 runners.
Coach Gerry Chester’s squad also put in a stellar performance at the state Class SS race, placing seventh among the 26 competing teams, both by placement and by times. Medling shaved his time by 10 seconds to earn himself a spot in the following week’s State Open race, where he crossed the finish line in 120th place.
Chester, a GHS science teacher who is in his 35th year of coaching, is looking forward to working with the group again next year. Brandon Kinnie is the team’s only senior this year. "Everybody else is coming back,” he said.
Attitude is a big part of what Chester’s young team worked on this season. “Cross-country is a sport of discipline. If you don’t have discipline, you’re not going to be successful.” He said that over the course of the season, he saw improvement in times as well as in attitude. “If you take care of the attitude, the times will take care of themselves,” he said.