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Going into the 2011 season, improvement is undoubtedly on everyones mind.
Luckily for the boys cross country team at John Glenn High which finished the 2010 season at 14-2 theyre attempting to improve upon an already impressive record.
Heading into his fifth year at John Glenn, Coach Brian Fulks hopes his large boys team will produce results.
We have a lot of boys this year, said Fulks. Competition for varsity spots is going to be going on all season.
Senior Zak Geiger (a two-time Muskingum Valley League champion who was district and regional champion and a state qualifier a year ago) will lead the team along with fellow seniors Kyle Johnston and Cody Corbett.
The juniors include Woody Jamiel (third place in last years MVL and a regional qualifier), Grant Slack, Scott Fisher and Zac Klies while the sophomores are Kyle Shumate and Andy Parsons. The freshmen are Sean Bradford, Dylan Graham, Trey Bennett, Dylan Hague, Gary Fisher, Will Lekan and Austin Snyder.
Despite sporting a 14-2 record, John Glenn only managed to win league runner-up in 2010, so Coach Fulks and his team are looking to take the MVL this year despite some tough competition.
Our goal is to compete for the MVL and move as many on to regional and state as possible, Fulks stated. Sheridan is the team to beat (in the MVL).
The boys will be without graduates Jonah Carson and Austin Miller.
For the 2011 Lady Muskies, success may come from the teams six returning runners.
We return six of our seven runners from a team that qualified for regional, so we are hoping to build upon that success," stated girls coach Harriett Hunter.
Last years team managed a 12-4 record and qualified for regional.
Hunter, in her fifth year as the girls cross country coach, wont be running as many individuals as Fulk.
Junior squad members are Moriah Carson (all-MVL and a regional qualifier) and Lydia Phillips.
The sophomores include Rheanna Wilson (all-MVL and regional qualifier), Kirstyn Podojak, Erika Edgerly and Jocelyn Roders while the freshmen are Natalie Wahl and Carly Palmer.
One runner who will certainly be missed is Sarah Porter, the lone graduate from last years squad.
We lost Sarah Porter to graduation, but we have girls ready to step up and fill that role on the team, Hunter said.
Despite that loss, the team is looking forward and hopes to make an even bigger impression this year.
Our goal is to compete for the MVL and get back to regionals, Hunter stated.
Hunter and Fulks will be joined by first-year assistants Katie Hallowell and Rhonda Holowniczky.
Also not mentioned for the girls team is Kaci Sims.