Cross Country Runners Bring Fresh Promiseby:
This fall, the Cross Country Tigers will look to improve on a 6th place finish at the ODAC Championships last year. This will be a difficult task as H-SC returns just two runners, including Captain Daniel Isaacs. Even though the ODAC has picked the Tigers to finish 7th this season, Coach Ricky Talman, entering his second year as head coach, remains optimistic. “As long as we are bettering ourselves individually and giving 100% effort on a daily basis our success as a team will follow.”
Cross Country is interesting as it is a team sport but the outcome depends on individual performances. Knowing this, Talman urges each member of his team to “focus on improving himself every day.” Maximum effort is something Talman emphasizes and is what his team will look to focus on. The preseason rankings do not seem to discourage the team, or Talman. “Rankings are not something we pay much attention to” said Talman. “As long as we are bettering ourselves individually and giving 100% effort on a daily basis our success as a team will follow.”
After Isaacs, the Tigers will look to five freshmen along with two upperclassmen newcomers to put up some low times. David Burley, a former H-SC soccer player, will look to make an immediate impact. He and Tommy Lyons bring experience as tri-athletes. Coach Talman has already noticed the impressive efforts of one of his freshman, Andrew Craver. “Craver has transitioned into the collegiate level distances very well so far and I expect him to be a big asset to the team this fall as well.” The Tigers first chance to show off the hard work they have been putting in will be this Saturday at the Virginia Wesleyan Invitational in Virginia Beach.