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August 27, 2013

2013 Area Boys CC Preview: Ready to run

Area cross country teams look for another successful season

— Last year was another strong season for area boys cross country runners.

Edgewood’s Chris Lemay qualified for the state meet and there was a plethora of solid runners and teams throughout the area.

Many of those runners, headlined by Lemay, return for what should be another exciting year of competition.

The following is a breakdown of each team in the Star Beacon’s coverage area and what each coach thinks about their respective team’s chances.

Conneaut

While the word rebuilding gets thrown around a lot in sports, it is overstated.

But for the Spartans, to say 2013 is a rebuilding year might be an understatement.

Under first-year coach Joe Gerics, Conneaut has just two runners this year — juniors Jacob Edwards and Levi Stewart.

Despite small numbers, Gerics is exciting about trying to build up the program behind those two.

“We are trying to rebuild our boys program,” he said. “I am thrilled to have two new runners who show great promise in their running ability.”

With no conference and no full team, Gerics said the focus of this year is getting his two runners through the district meet.

“With not having a full team or being in a conference, we are focusing on advancing through districts,” he said.

Edgewood

The Warriors are looking for another strong season under the leadership of coach Steve Hill, in his 20th season at helm of the Warriors boys program.

There is plenty of returning talent this season led by the aforementioned state qualifier Chris Lemay and his twin brother, Josh.

“We need to build off the experience we have gained over the last two years,” Hill said. “Making it back to regionals last year and many going to watch Chris run at have fueled a fire to get back to regionals and make a run at qualifying to state.”

Also returning for Hill are senior Cory Stewart, juniors Noah Morgan, Zak Nunisto and Tyler Pocsics.

Hill said he is looking for leadership out of this year’s team.

“We need to gel as a team and find a leader among them,” he said.

There is also plenty of depth behind the six returning lettermen as the Warriors also have six freshmen and four other runners who didn’t letter last season.

This will mark the final season Edgewood runs as an independent as the Warriors enter the All-American Conference in the spring of 2014, something Hill said he’s excited about.

“(We’re) looking forward to being in the All-American Conference next year,” he said.

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