Boys’ XC team runs to States

By Maarten Van-Genabeek
Published: October 2010

After graduating many key seniors from last year, the Boys’ Cross Country team now relies on young talent to rebuild the program.
After graduating key seniors, such as Xhulio Uruchi, Danny Mendelson award winner Yugi Wakimoto, and Kyle Olson, the team is struggling to replicate the form it had last year. However, the team has a large number of young runners that are prepared to step up to the plate.
With most of the Varsity squad consisting of underclassmen, the team looks to build up a strong program for future years. “There is a lot of young talent on our team. Right now four of seven members of our [Dual County League] team are underclassmen including two freshman, senior and captain Nate Weaver said. “The vast majority of the team [consists of] freshmen, so obviously there is a range of talent.
But this is not an unfamiliar story for South; every year the team loses key seniors and ends up coming back each year just as strong. This is due to the strength of the program each year and the skill of the rising seniors in being able to motivate and lead the team to States each year. “We don’t like to call this a rebuilding year because every year is different in regard to the dynamic of the team, Weaver said.
Despite the lack of experience, the team has a respectable record of 4-3 in the Dual County League (DCL). The DCL is considered one of the best conferences in the state, especially for cross country. “Our record is not a very good indicator of how good we are, senior and captain David Melly said. “The DCL is a tough league and I say we’re pretty good.
The team is prepared to take on the competition. They believe this will only improve their younger members and turn them into top notch competitors. “We have a really young team compared to the rest of the league, but I like to think we just have a lot of room to grow, Melly said.
The team is currently preparing for DCL’s, a meet between all schools in the DCL, determining which school becomes the DCL champion. This meet is crucial for the team, any team can win despite what their record might be. “There are a lot of strong teams in the DCL this year and although we have lost to some of the bigger schools we should still be contenders in the DCL meet, Weaver said.
Beyond DCLs comes the EMASS (Eastern Massachusetts) state meet. Only the Varsity teams compete and the top teams move on to All-States. “I would say we have a good shot of racing at EMASS. As for All-States it is less likely that our team will make it, Weaver said.
Even though the team has been decimated by the departure of the talented class of 2010, it is still a contender in the league and possibly higher competitions.
Although this year was originally thought of as a rebuilding year, the Cross Country team believes it can still bring home a trophy at the DCL meet.

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