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W&L optimistic about 2013 cross-country season

The Washington & Lee Eagles cross country team opens the season at home Sept. 4 in a meet against Lancaster, Northumberland and Essex and both the boys and girls coaches are optimistic about the upcoming season.


“I’m hoping the boys can continue this run that they are on,” said W&L Boys Cross Country Coach Cole Vanover. “We have had a lot of success both individually, team and academically the past three years.”

Among the top returning runners from last year’s undefeated boys team that won the Northern Neck District and finished as the regional runners-up, are:

Hasan Gill, a sophomore, who finished fourth in the district meet and fifth in the regional meet. Gill had a solid outdoor season running a personal record of 4:56 in the mile at the VHSL state meet.

Zach Bowen, a junior, who was an All District/All regional runner last year for W&L. Coach Vanover believes Zach “has a ton of potential and we can hopefully tap into more of it this year.”

Jacob Daiger, a junior, who was an All District/All Regional runner last year. “Jacob has really grown and has stepped it up,” Vanover said. “I am expecting a breakout season from him.”

“I’m excited about our potential, but it only takes one injury or mishap in training to really ruin our team goals. But our coaching staff is top notch and our team effort is top notch. Everyone is literally all in,” Vanover said.

Girls’ Coach Cindy Flickinger is equally upbeat. “This year’s team is fairly young. We have one senior, one junior with the rest being sophomores. and freshmen,” Flickinger said. “But we have the returning Northern Neck District winner and Region A winner in Kathryn Beddoo.”

“We know with the reorganization of schools that it might be tough for her to repeat, but you never know in cross country what might happen. It will be some good competition regardless and we look forward to the season,” Flickinger said.

Beddoo, a junior, is a two time Northern Neck District winner and Region A winner in cross country. She ran track last spring and was double winner in 800 and 1,600 in the Northern Neck District and double winner in 800 and 1,600 Region A meet.

Also returning for the girls’ cross country team is Emma Oliver, a sophomore who was third in Northern District and fourth in Region A last year as the W&L girls won the Northern Neck District championship and finished as the Region A runner-up.

Vanover also has high hopes for his young runners, including Jay Jims, a junior who switched from football to cross country this year; James Snider, a junior, who ran cross country for two years before being injured last year; and Alec Westall, who won the W&L JV developmental race last year.

“The boys are trying to win their fourth district/conference title in a row,” said Vanover. “This will be our first year in the new conference.”

“Rappahannock County comes down from the Bull Run District to compete in our conference,” Vanover said. “They have the reigning state female mile champion in Julia Woods. She is heavily favored to compete for an individual title this year, but our girls are ready to compete.”

 

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