Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 Men's Cross Country Team Awards

WCAL Final 2014

Season Summary:

It was another year of growth for a young Warriors squad. The team continued to build on their success from the 2013 season finishing sixth in the team standings in the WCAL Championship, their highest placing since joining the league in 2002. The boys team set seven school records this season for team time and a strong group of athletes continue to raise the competitiveness within the program. The future continues to trend up: four sophomores finished the season in the team's top seven; nine runners of the top eleven are set to return next season.

The top five scoring runners all ran personal bests at the WCAL Championship with Nedu Ndili and Jeremy Dong advancing to the CCS Championship as individuals.  Despite the warm conditions there were some impressive performance from the team: Dean DeMoss improved nearly 50 seconds over last year's mark, Cameron Lockard and Justin Baraona improved over 20 seconds.

This year eleven boys ran in the 18 minute range or faster for three miles. Over half of those were freshman or sophomores.  Upperclassman may have been in the minority this season with a large contingent of underclassman but it didn’t stop them from leading the way.  Senior Nathan Lynch came into the season in shape and proved as much with an impressive run at the Wharf to Wharf running 33:35 for the 6 mile course. His summer fitness paid dividends as he was consistently the team's number one runner all season, ran a best 16:03 at the Lowell Invitational for 2.9 miles. He bettered Eyobed Mesfun's school record from 2011 for the 5k Baylands course and is #2 all-time for the Woodward Park course. Falling ill just two days before the WCAL he was unable to run the last race of the season. Other top performances came from Peter Enfanino who ran a season best 17:01 at the Lowell Invitational before suffering a hip injury.

Mathew Weeks along with freshman Joe Renati and Kyle Higdon were impressive this season. The trio led the Frosh-Soph team to a third place finish in the Frosh-Soph division as all three placed in the top eleven.


Runner of the Year
Nathan Lynch

Warrior Award
Cameron Lockard

Most Improved
Dean DeMoss
Justin Baraona

Freshman of the Year
Joe Renati

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