Today’s Take: Cupboard not bare for Blue Streaks
By Jim Horvath
As the 2010 high school cross country season approaches, fans will have their eyes on Magnificat, which lost five seniors from last year’s Division I state title team.
The core of that team has moved on to bigger and, hopefully, better things. Madeline Chambers, Abby and Clare Fischer, Erin Riley and Mary Whitmore have graduated and are now running in Division I collegiate programs.
But the cupboard isn’t bare, and some young guns are ready to step in and prove themselves, according to Blue Streaks head coach Anjanette Arabian Whitman.
“Our goal is to continue to be very competitive,” Arabian Whitman said last Friday. “That’s our goal going into it. We had a very good practice today, with our theoretical top seven to eight runners looking good so far.
“Yes, we have a lot of fresh faces this season,” she said. “They’ve trained hard all summer and have the whole season to bring it together. It’s an interesting mix of runners with a really strong sophomore class.”
Two members of last year’s team, senior Kat Stultz and junior Abbie Marquard, return to anchor this year’s team. Stultz’s best time last season was a 19:00 at the Midwest Meet of Champions, while Marquard turned in a seasons-best 19:11 at the state meet.
Two seniors, Laura Hogan and Courtney Kishbaugh, have come up from the junior varsity, while sophomores Macey Walker and Katherine Kerr will look to step up and make an impact. Walker, as a freshman, broke the 20-minute mark with a 19:54 last year, while Kerr was close with a 20:28.
Magnificat opens the 2010 season on Aug. 28 at the GlenOak Invitational. The Blue Streaks will return home the following Saturday, Aug. 4, out at Lorain County Community College for the annual Early Bird Invitational. Varsity race time in Elyria is slated for 9:30 a.m.