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Cross Country 2013 Team Preview

July 28, 2013
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from Cincinnati.com

Area high school runners are set to take to the trails for the 2013 season. Here is preview of the teams in theNorthwest Press coverage area:


The future is bright for the Colerain boys.

With a lot of runners returning from last year’s team in addition to 15 freshmen coming aboard for 2013, coach Mark Bierkan is ready for the season to start.

“We had five sophomores on varsity last year and it’s exciting because juniors and seniors have such a strong advantage,” the coach said. “We have record numbers with 35 to 40 kids on the roster.”

Senior Nate Sizemore will look for his third-straight trip to the regional meet this season, while Bierkan is hoping Marcus Price’s track success transfers over to cross country.

Brad Booth, Dan Snyder, James Vinson, Josh Denny and Chris Rioux are expected to contribute.

Sophomore Vince Sprague ran and played soccer his freshmen campaign but is focused solely on cross country this season.

“The upperclassmen went through the troubles learning how to race last year,” Bierkan said. “… By throwing the juniors and seniors out there you are experienced. They know how to tow the line a little different. They are ready. We have pretty high expectations this year I would say.”

As for the Lady Cardinals, experience is lacking.

Bierkan graduated his top three runners from a year ago, including Kristen Seiler, who was sixth in the state last year.

Junior Hannah Tobler is coming off an injury-ridden sophomore season, but is back on track.

“She continues to improve,” Bierkan said. “She is already running faster than she ever did last year.”

Aliyah Lingo and Hayley Meyer are both freshmen who should make an immediate impact.

Behind those three a rash of six or seven runners will be in the mix for Bierkan’s No. 4-7 runners.

“You never know how much freshmen will develop and how underclassmen will react when asked to step up,” the coach said. “We are just hoping they can do enough to make an impact.”

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