Cross Country Looks Back to Move Forward

The Cross Country team looks back on their 2015 season in order to prepare for the next season.

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The 2015 Sequoit Cross Country Boys and Girls seasons was very remarkable and very successful for both teams. This year’s team’s numbers have been the highest in over 10 years.

The boys won the Aurora Central Catholic Invitational and took 2nd at the Rockford East invite, while the girls placed 3rd at the Aurora Central Catholic Invite and finished 2nd against a state ranked Hampshire team.

Throughout the season, the team faced many difficult challenges but were able to overcome them all together as a team.

“Some challenges the team and I went through was qualifying for Sectionals,” said senior captain Natalie Nielsen. “Unfortunately, as a team we only made it to regionals this year – we were very close though! Also, we had to go through the struggle of really hot days and really cold days, running 6 plus miles in the pouring rain, and spending our entire Saturday’s at a invitational meet…. But I would not change it for anything.” 

This year ACHS will be graduating four senior girl and four senior boy cross country runners.

“On the boys team, I think Pat Schoenfelder will be the guy everyone looks to,” said head coach and physical education teacher Christopher Bailey. “He is one of our captains this year and is someone that comes to practice every single day ready to work hard.  I also think a couple of our younger guys will step up and take charge.  That can be Joe Sculuca, Alex Besson or Max Barton.  On the girls side, its got to be Tessa Furlong [ figure of leadership].  She is also one of our returning captains and if she stays healthy, she will be tough to beat.”

Although this year’s seniors will be gone, runners are still excited for next years season.

“I am very excited for next years season, the rest of us have to step up and get some good training over the summer so we can be prepared for next years season,” Kevin Vettese said.