By Monica Claro
This fall the St. Mary’s cross-country team is racing their way to earning a spot among the top five winning schools for the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championships. With new devoted players, improving returners, fresh beginnings, and a winning attitude towards challenges, this season seems quite promising, according to head coach Tom Fisher. “The team has been doing fairly well; they’ve been getting second in most meets for both girls’ and boys’ teams. The team chemistry is great, our runners are improving on their times, and they seem to be really enjoying themselves,” says Fisher, who has returned to the position as head coach for the first time in four years.
The season has kick-started on a strong note, as senior captain Keighly Bradbrook earned the honors of being selected as the Capital Athletic Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week on Sept. 10. The team’s latest statistics have also reached high rankings. Recently, both the men’s and women’s cross-country teams have finished in the top five at the Coach Achtzehn Classic at York College of Pennsylvania, with the men ranking in third and women in fifth, respectively, out of twelve teams. Furthermore, both cross-country teams ranked in second out of six schools at Generals Invitational at Washington & Lee University.
Team captain David Kersey, a junior, tells The Point News, “It’s safe to say that this is the best team that St. Mary’s cross country has had in its five years as a program. Members from previous years are dropping times at every race, the new runners have been able to contribute immediately. I’m proud of how far we’ve come and can’t wait to see how we do in the final stretch. We are getting better each day.”
As for the team goals, Bradbrook had a lot to say: “Ultimately I would like to see both the girls and guys teams place at least one spot higher than we did last year in champs. As a new team doing so well I think it would be awesome if we could stir things up a little for the other teams in our conference and show them that we are a competitor.”