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Olmsted Falls off and running


Today’s Take: Bulldog runners cover the spectrum

 By Jim Horvath

          Olmsted Falls head coach Jeff Kho has a little bit of everything on his plate as the 2010 high school cross country season approaches.

          At one end, he welcomes back 12 letter winners on his girls team that finished near the top of the Southwestern Conference last year. At the other, her has a relatively inexperienced, yet talented group of athletes on his boys squad.

          For the boys, senior captain Grant Budic returns, as well as fellow senior Kyle Meehan and juniors Edwin Rosa and Troy Swiderski. Juniors Nick Chalfant and Eddie Zajac should also be in the mix, but Kho has some young runners coming through the ranks as well.

          “The team has put in a good summer,” Kho said. “Even though we lack experience, we hope to continue the solid efforts of last year’s senior-laden team.

          “This team may start off slow, but it will continue to move up the ranks as the season goes along,” he said. “We’re hoping to rebuild on the fly with a large group of talented young sophomores and freshmen. Learning and growing will be the keys to our success this season.”

          Kho’s girls, however, have a wealth of experience coming back with all seven girls back from last year’s lineup.

          That experience features a nice mix with seniors Taylor Bessette, Alaina Clark and Megan Coughlin leading the way. Also coming back from last year’s squad are juniors Caitlin Dahlin and Rachel Botoulas, along with sophomores Brittany Carson, Jaime Fossen and Lindsey Kaschak.

          “Last year, we finished no lower than third in any regular meet,” Kho said. “This year, we hope to raise the bar even higher and punch that ticket to regionals. We increased the difficulty of our schedule to better prepare for the late-season championships.

          “Competition will be fierce for varsity spots,” he said. “This team is looking to place in every meet it competes in and dominate from the first meet on.

          “Barring injuries, we should have one of the area’s top teams,” Kho added.



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