September 17, 2010
Tigers hoping to make big strides
Bob Vidulich is looking forward to this season, his 30th as head coach of the Cortland High cross country teams, which starts Saturday at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational.
“I am excited as a coach for a wonderful group of athletes that are working very hard this fall,” Vidulich said. “It is just awesome to have such a nice group of hard-working varsity girls and a big group of hard-working varsity boys. It is great to see a lot of new faces out there, and the the enthusiasm and chemistry of the teams working together is really great. We’re working on base and speed endurance, which are important in cross country.”
“Some of the returning hopefuls this year will be (junior) Aaron Boyland along with the returning Zachary Forrester (sophomore),” Vidulich said. “Also looking real good this year are the returning Nathaniel Hamilton (sophomore) and Matt Bellardini (senior). These runners, accompanied by newcomers to our program James VanDeuson (junior), Alec Edwards (freshman) and Frank Davenport (senior), are just really clicking already with pack time.”
Other team members are senior returnees Dustin Spaulding, Tyler Pierson and brother Caleb Pierson, and newcomers Kyle Cole (junior), Zachary Corl (junior) and Nolan Moore (freshman).
“The key for the boys is depth,” Vidulich said. “The top seven have that decent pack time, and work well with each other.”
This year’s captains are Forrester and Bellardini.
FOR CHS GIRLS, senior Jen Merckel and junior Kaitlyn Bishop are veterans who will serve as captains this season.
“The Purple Lady harriers are also working very hard,” Vidulich noted.“The returning Jen Merckel, drawing in (sophomore) Rochelle Foster followed by (junior) Danielle Gallagher, (junior) Samantha Spaulding, Kaitlyn Bishop and (freshman) Holly McMahon can and will be a team to reckon with.
“The key for the girls is to continue to work hard,” Vidulich said. “They’re running with the boys, which helps.”
“I really look forward to this season and seeing all of these kids really whipping into shape,” Vidulich concluded. “We’re looking to miles to help both teams peak at the end of the season; I’d like to see it happen the last two weeks, at the league meets and sectionals.”
Ron Reed is the coach of the Cortland boys’ and girls’ modified teams.
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