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River Hill begins season as early Howard County cross country favorites for boys, girls

For the past two years the River Hill boy's cross country team has ended its season hoisting a 3A state title and touting a Howard County Runner of the Year.

Heading into this season, the Hawks are once again favorites to claim a state championship, while senior Rahul Reddy hopes to step in and take the spot of that number-one runner who can lead the team to their third consecutive state win.

"[Reddy] has done a really good job so far. He had a great summer training and he's ready to assume that role," River Hill coach Paul Hugus said. "I don't think I sat down with him officially, but I think the boys that have been on the team through the run that we have understand that it's not just Rahul, it's everyone. He's going to set the pace, but those guys understand that they're not going to be too far behind. Everybody definitely pulls their own weight, but he's definitely going to be leading the races for sure for our team."

Last season the Hawks earned county, region and state titles, and Trent Rose won county and region titles and finished third at states to earn 2015 Howard County boys cross country Runner of the Year honors. In 2014, senior Chris Heydrick – a two-time Howard County boys cross country Runner of the Year selection – also finished his final season for River Hill with county and region titles, while placing third at states.

“It’s always nice to have that guy out there that’s going to score you one or two or three points, and everyone else can feed off of,” Hugus said. “All three of those guys [Hedrick, Rose and Reddy] have been very, very steady runners. [When] you have a guy who’s in the front it’s really going to help bring the rest of the team along.”

“One of the biggest things that we do that has helped us have continued success – we have captains practices… the kids understand if they want to have success in October and November they need to show up in the summer. If you’re starting in the middle of August, you’re not going to have the season you think you’re going to have. I think Rahul did a really nice job of cultivating that culture.”

Along with Reddy, the Hawks return seniors Jake Parker, Drew Meininger, Ben Oldhouser and junior Jake Downing, who were all 25 of the top runners in the county last season. Senior Kevin Reynolds will also be in the mix for River Hill.

“We’re going to overwhelm other teams with our depth,” Hugus said. “We should be the heavy favorites going into the season and hopefully we’re there in November. There are a number of other strong teams that I think will probably be challenging for the top other spots. Hebron is strong, Urbana is pretty strong… those are the two that kind of come to mind immediately [in 3A].”

The Vikings finished third behind Howard and River Hill last season at the county championships. The Vikings will be led by senior Jake Edmondson, who finished ninth overall at last year’s county meet. Behind Edmondson will be seniors Kevin Johnson and Jimmy Hayden, and juniors Trevor Hodge and Sahil Sardesai.

“Our goal this year is to make a run at the county, region and state championships. We have a very strong team that is capable of some very quality racing,” said Mt. Hebron coach Todd DeCrispino. “Our team is very unique with this year’s group of kids. They have been together for many years now, running in multiple sports, that they have developed great friendships and respect for each other.”

Howard may be the only team that can matchup with River Hill’s depth. The Lions have a potential Runner of the Year candidate in junior Nick Deamer – who finished third at the county championships last season – and they also return senior Ryan Gunderson (10th overall at counties). Behind that duo are seniors Rory Costello, Travis Harrington, junior Ian Hinson and sophomore Alex Strawley.

“The depth has definitely been one of our stronger aspects. When you look at the B and C races from counties last year we won both of those and those guys have now kind of been moving up and have that winning expectation to keep that going,” said Howard coach Zack Dickerson. “Obviously River Hill is a very talented team. They are year in and year out, but I wouldn’t discount a few other schools, as far as Mt. Hebron, Reservoir, Oakland Mills – who’s also returning a pretty good crew of runners that should make counties very interesting this season.”

Atholton and Oakland Mills boys also return premiere runners from last year’s teams that had ample success in the postseason. The Raiders and Scorpions finished in second place at the 3A and 2A state meet, respectively, last season.

“We have a super talented and hard-working sophomore class. How they respond to stepping into the top seven spots will determine a lot for us as a unit,” said Atholton coach Chris Clark. “Nick Weber, Jake Perret, Javon Daniel and Eric Becker will be some of the key players in that class. I think that our team has a lot of young talent and newer faces that could potentially make a big impact. In addition to the aforementioned boys, we have Karson Kinsey who picked up an injury last year that kept him from showing what he was capable of. He has looked very strong in the early workouts. We also have a new face to Atholton name Gavin Fouret, who had a very good set of opening races last year for Reservoir. He is a talented kid and could potentially come into play in the championship season.”

Senior Joey Navarro returns for Oakland Mills, and he, along with Deamer and Reddy, will likely vie for an individual Howard County title. Navarro leads a strong Scorpions team that finished merely three points shy of their first state title in 14 years. Followed closely behind Navarro will be junior Jared Nguyen (19th overall at counties), Anders Chattin, Jack Pazin and sophomore Frederick Eiland.

Junior Grace Chaverini steps into the top role for the Scorpions girl’s squad, as last year’s Howard County Runner of the Year (in both cross country and outdoor track) Brit Lang graduated. The absence of Lang will not only be felt for Oakland Mills, but also the entire county.

“It’s going to be weird,” said Centennial coach Kevin McCoy. “I think it will be the first time in my coaching career that there’s not a Lang involved – because right before Brit, we had [Tiffany], so I don’t’ know what’s going to happen. I think it is really up in the air. You look at what’s coming back from outdoor [track season], you got Courtney Mann [from Howard], you got [Alexandra] Banham [from Mt. Hebron], you got Grace Chaverini back from Oakland Mills, you got Jasmine Tiamfook back from River Hill. I’d like to put my girls in the mix, but who knows what’s going to happen with that race? The individual battle will be fun to watch actually.”

Mann, Banham, Chaverini and Tiamfook were all first-team all-county selections last season, after top-10 finishes at both counties and regionals (Mann at the 4A North, Chaverini at 2A West and Banham and Tiamfook at 3A East championship meet).

McCoy and the Eagles won the 3A state title last season, but they lost three of their top four runners from that team. Senior Kara Taylor and sophomore Alison Betler will take the reigns in 2016. Both were among the best runners last season in the county and are looking for further success this year.

“With graduation I anticipated that Kara would pop up in the top role with Alison right up there and Cora [Blount] right up there,” McCoy said. “They’ve really stepped up and really taken it over. I have a young team again, so they’ve done a really good job of putting in the work in the summer time, putting in the training and making sure that we’re in a good situation right now.”

Centennial’s biggest competition within the county will likely be the Lions and the Hawks. However in the 3A race, River Hill – who are two years removed from a state championship after placing third last season – have a great opportunity to grasp another state championship with Tiamfook leading the way.

“Things didn’t go the way we wanted to last year and that’s OK,” Hugus said. “I think a number of the girls made really good jumps from their freshman year to their sophomore year. Alexa Matthews is one who last year was just phenomenal and she was a huge help for us. She has another year of experience to build on. Raaya Khleif is another girl, she was a freshman last year, and really made significant gains as the cross country season went on and learned even more during the track season… I feel really good about all five and really the top seven I feel really good about. We’re going to have an advantage because I think our fifth is probably better than some of the other top 3A team’s fifth’s.”

No Bull Run

The Bull Run Invitational – a highly anticipated regular season meet each fall that typically previews the state course before postseason commences – will not be run this year. More than 112 schools were at Hereford High School last year to run at the invite that has been around for over 15 years.

“I am [disappointed] for two reasons, one: it’s a fantastic invitational. It’s always a good time [and] it’s always great competition,” Dickerson said. “And the second reason is, it is a preview course for the state [meet]. I always like brining the guys up there so when we come back in November they have that experience under their belt and are able to attack it and hopefully run it better than we did a month or so prior. So not to be able to have that experience is a little frustrating, but it was the hand that was dealt this year.”

The last time Bull Run was not on everyone’s cross country calendar was in 2013, when Hereford was under construction. However, the meet came back the following year and, as it stands now, it is a question mark whether the mid-season race will be run again.

“I’m going to miss it,” McCoy said. “I knew Bull Run as my middle point of my season that I went to. I ran it when I was in high school. I did it every year that I’ve coached so far and 2013 was at least nice because we knew it was at least coming back the next year. Now that it’s gone it’s going to be really weird.”

 -- Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of all the top runners from around the county:

 

Atholton

Boys to watch: Seniors Benjamin Rosicky, Marcus Osborn and Jacob Lampf; junior Karson Kinsey; sophomore Nick Weber, Jake Perret, Javon Daniel, Eric Becker and Gavin Fournet.

Girls to watch: Juniors Angela Wei and Emma O’Brien; sophomores Celine Pisanic, Alaina Bosmans, Gabriella DeGrezia and Danielle Floyd.

What you need to know: The Raiders are coming off a second-place team standing at the boys 3A state championships last season, finishing just behind two-time champions River Hill. They will try and surpass the Hawks this year, and they will do so with seniors Benjamin Rosicky and Marcus Osborn leading the way. Rosicky finished sixth and 23rd overall at the region and state meets, respectively, last season and is heading into the year with goals of a top-five time at regions and top-15 time at states. For Osborn, he is aiming for a top-20 standing at states. Atholton also has newcomer Nick Weber who finished a solid track season last spring. He, along with Reservoir transfer Gavin Fournet could be potential x-factors for the Raiders heading into the year.

“Our big goal this year is to stay focused and consistent form the first meet all the way through [to] the state meet,” said Atholton coach Chris Clark. “Last year we had some ups and downs going into the championship season, which was my fault as a coach. This year we will be looking to build momentum into the championship season and give ourselves the best shot at continuing to finish in the top-five in the state as we have over the past three years under the tutelage of myself and coach [Ivan] Alvarado.”

Alvarado has a young group back from last season that finished 10th overall at the 3A state meet. The team is led by sophomores Celine Pasanic, Alaina Bosmans and Gabriella DeGrezia who should all finish inside or near the top-10 in the county. Pisanic finished 20th at the 3A state meet last season, while Bosman crossed not far behind at 26th. DeGrezia is a new comer, but had a stellar track season last spring. Junior Emma O’Brien will captain the Raiders, as she enters her third season on the team. Along with DeGrezia, Atholton also adds newcomers, Danielle Floyd, Caroline Davidson, Elisabeth Ake, Layanne Khaskia and Eleanor VanVranken – who all preformed very well during outdoor track last spring.

“The biggest determinant of our success will be the gap between our number-one to number-five runner. If the gap can fall within a minute the girls should be a force all year long,” Alvarado said. “We should have a moderately deep team, especially between our number-six to number-10, 11 runners, so that should help as the season progresses along. Health and injuries will always be a priority, especially on the girls side.”

 

Centennial

Boys to watch: Juniors Daniel Gao, Ethan Carpenter and Steven Mitchell; sophomores David Riina, Chris Bieberich and Justin Ziegler.

Girls to watch: Senior Kara Taylor; juniors Courtney Tse and Cassie Yates; sophomores Alison Betler, Cora Blount, Caroline Shimell, Christina Stavlas and Srija Makkapatti.

What you need to know: The defending 3A state champions lost a bunch of top runners from last year’s team, including all-county selections, Devin McIntyre, Jessica Jiang and Ashley Mazer, who all finished in the top-10 at counties and top-17 at the 3A state meet. Senior Kara Taylor and sophomore Alison Betler will lead the Eagles this year – both showed particularly well during the state meet, placing 13th and 19th overall. Sophomores Courtney Blount and Carolien Shimell will likely round out Centennial’s top-four girls, while Juniors Courtney Tse, Cassie Yates and sophomores Cora Blount, Christina Stavlas and Srija Makkapatti will fight for the 5-8 slots.

“Our biggest determination of success this year will be learning each other and making sure we are working toward our goal every single day,” said Eagles coach Kevin McCoy. “The goal is to continue to progress and improve times as the season goes on.”

On the boy’s side, the Eagles are led by some young runners who are just in their junior or sophomore seasons. Coach Al Dodds features 29 runners who are new to cross country, and 12 other guys who are only in their second year. It is the first season where Dodds was forced to make some cuts, as more than 80 runners came out for the team, keeping 64 on the roster. Centennial is led by juniors Daniel Gao, Ethan Carpenter and Steven Mitchell. Gao looks to be Centennial’s top runner, and will likely finish within the top-20 in the county, while Carpenter and Mitchell will likely fall within the top-30 or 40 in the league. Sophomores David Riina, Chris Bieberich and Justin Ziegler have improved immensely in their second year, running their way on to the varsity squad.

“We’ll have to strive to have five runners in the top 30 places if we expect to have a good team showing in any invitational we enter. In addition, the time differential between number one and number five will need to be tight,” Dodds said.

 

Glenelg

Boys to watch: Senior Nate Coburn; Juniors Cole Lahmann, Nick Preece, Dole Wiggins and Darrin Bossman; sophomore Graham Dilworth.

Girls to watch: Seniors Ellen Sawitzki, Cara Nardone and Sydney O’Rourke; juniors Molly Swartz and Morgan Adams; sophomores Carolyn Keating and Corynne Wolven.

What you need to know: The Gladiators have a young group entering 2016, as 20 out of 25 girls and 20 out of 30 boys are freshmen and sophomores. Senior Ellen Saitzki and junior Molly Swartz captain the girl’s side for Glenelg, while junior Cole Lahmann will lead on the boy’s side. The Gladiators bring senior Nate Coburn and junior Darrin Bossman from their track and field team. It is their first year running cross country. Junior Morgan Adams is new to Glenelg, but will look to land in the Gladiators top runners at some point this season.

“Staying healthy, maintaining a positive mindset and working hard,” Glenelg coach Roger Volrath said were the biggest determinants of his team’s success this year. “Becoming a team is important [and] as always, our ultimate goal is to peak in the championship meets.”

 

Hammond

Boys to watch: Senior Ifeanyi Ezeh; junior Calvin Prudhomme.

Girls to watch: Senior Emma Denlinger; junior Polina Sobol.

What you need to know: Hammond has graduated eight seniors from last year’s teams and has a brand new squad on the boys side. Senior Ifeanyi Ezeh will lead the Golden Bears boy’s team entering this year. Ezeh is a natural runner who broke the school’s two-mile time trial record, and will likely finish in the top-20 in the county. First-year runner Calvin Prudhomme switches gears from soccer to cross country this year. The junior has shown promise over the preseason. With some experience under his belt, he could be a major contributor for Hammond toward the end of the season. Senior Emma Denlinger and junior Polina Sobol will be the top-two runners on the girl’s side for Hammond.

“Our goal for this year is for our team to finish strong at the Howard County Championship and for both our boys and girls team to make it to states,” said Golden Bears coach Kimberley Williams. “This new squad are very determined this year and have really [been] gelling together.”

 

Howard

Boys to watch: Seniors Ryan Gunderson, Rory Costello and Travis Harrington; juniors Nick Deamer and Ian Hinson; sophomore Alex Strawley.

Girls to watch: Seniors Courtney Mann, Emily Hawkins and Ada Holtan.

What you need to know: The Lions tout some of the best runners in the county on both the girls and boys sides. For Zach Dickerson’s group, he brings back two of the best from last year’s team in Nick Deamer and Ryan Gunderson. Both have put in work over the summer and should again be amongst the leaders of the pack in 2016. Rory Costello and Travis Harrington have improved their times and are also expected to fight within the front of the county as well. First year runners Ian Hinson (junior) and Alex Strawley (sophomore) have worked hard entering the year and should make an instant impact for Howard this season. As Dickerson said, if the Lions do all the little things, “eating right, getting enough sleep, making sure they are caring for any injuries,” there is no reason why they can’t fight for a county, region and state titles.

“The team is very close and are all friends,” Dickerson said. “They have worked hard since last season together to be able to accomplish some of the individual and team goals they have this year.”

Howard has one of the best team’s in the county on the girls side as well, which is led by senior Courtney Mann who will vie for possible Howard County Runner of the Year honors. Following Mann will be seniors Emily Hawkins and Ada Holtan – a newcomer to the Lions, who has impressed thus far this preseason.

“The girls have the goals of being one of the top teams in the county, their 4A region and in the 4A state championships,” said Howard coach Matthew Stump. “I have been impressed with the leadership we have this year and I am excited to see how this team gels together. We need to continue working on closing [the] time gap between our number one runner and our number five runner. I feel that if we can narrow that down the girls can be very successful.”

 

Long Reach

Boys to watch: Senior Andrew Moulprie; junior Andrew Werneth.

Girls to watch: Juniors Amanda Bonner, Ava Kelly and Micah Thomas; sophomore Natalia Pinet.

What you need to know: The Lightning had a tough 2015 postseason, coming in last in both the boys and girls races at the Howard County Championships and 3A East Regionals. Long Reach was very young last year, as none of its top runners were seniors on either boys or girls side. Andrew Moulprie and Andrew Werneth were the Lightning’s top two boys runners last season.

Juniors Amanda Bonner, Ava Kelly, Micah Thomas and sophomore Natalia Pinet were the fastest runners last season. First-year coach Carly Gratton takes over the girls program from incumbent Rosalind Sheppard.

 

Marriotts Ridge

Boys to watch: Juniors David Zhang, Scott Malloy, Rickey Farrell and Jared Kagel.

Girls to watch: Seniors Hanna Frederick, Brooke Conley and Cassandra Hale; juniors Sara Younts and Kealy Faughnan.

What you need to know: The Mustangs graduated their two best runners from last year’s team in second-team and first-team all-county selections, Ibrahim Jirdeh (seventh at counties, 18th at 2A states) and Abigail Starks (fifth at counties, sixth at regions, 24th at 2A states). Marriotts Ridge finished ninth and fifth place, respectively, in the boys and girls county championship meet. At 2A West Regionals the boys placed fifth, while the girls finished third overall. At the 2A state meet, the boys placed 11th overall, while the girls earned eighth place.

 

Mt. Hebron

Boys to watch: Seniors Jake Edmondson, Kevin Johnson and Jimmy Hayden; juniors Sahil Sardesai and Trevor Hodge.

Girls to watch: Senior Morgan Manning; juniors Alexandra Banham and Emmy Beyer; sophomore Caylee Bergreen.

What you need to know: Todd DeCrispino fields an impressive team entering 2016, which have built continuity among its top five runners, Jake Edmondson, Kevin Johnson, Jimmy Hayden, Sahil Sardesai and Trevor Hodge. The Vikings top boy runners all return from last season and have built great continuity through the past couple years running together in cross country and indoor and outdoor track seasons. If Mt. Hebron can avoid injuries, they’ll battle amongst the best in the county this season.

Alexandra Banham has an excellent shot at a county championship title, after finishing second last season as a sophomore. She also had a solid 3A state championship race crossing ninth overall and helping her team notch a fifth place team standing. She will lead the pack, with junior Emmy Beyer, senior Morgan Manning and sophomore Caylee Bergreen following behind.

“The Mt. Hebron girls cross country team is a well-balanced team. We are fortunate to have both a strong front running pack, as well as a solid chase pack,” said Mt. Hebron coach Paul Ulrich. “The goal for the girls team is to run competitively with the other top teams in the county, region and state championship. I believe they are quite capable of achieving this target.”

 

Oakland Mills

Boys to watch: Seniors Joey Navarro; juniors Jared Nguyen, Anders Chattin and Jack Pazin; sophomore Frederick Eiland.

Girls to watch: Junior Grace Chaverini.

What you need to know: The Scorpions tout some of the best individual runners on both the boys and girls teams. Senior Joey Navarro will vie for an individual county title after finishing second last year, and will guide an experienced Oakland Mills team who return top-notch talent in juniors Jared Nguyen and Anders Chattin, along with sophomore Frederick Eiland who has had success in both cross country and track. According to coach Phil Lang, all four runners have looked “great” at practice so far. Junior Jack Pazin was a first-year runner as a sophomore last season, and has trained hard over the summer and has improved immensely entering his junior year. He can become an x-factor for the Scorpions.

Junior Grace Chaverini takes the reigns from Howard County Player of the Year Brit Lang, and is hoping to also vie for a county title this season after finishing third last year.

“Boys need at least one more runner in that top group at meets with Joey and of course every team is only as good as their fifth runner,” Lang said of the biggest determinant of his team’s success this year. “Girls having patience, staying healthy and progressing all season will lead to confidence, better team scores and places for sure; no rush.”

 

Reservoir

Boys to watch: Seniors William Christian, Jake Carson, Chris Reckner, Jake Carr and Ruben Rosario; juniors Kai Muniz, Josh Kruts and Al Hernandez; sophomore Noah Kim; freshman Elliott Pochettion.

Girls to watch: Seniors Heather Ailinger, Ananya Mathur, Elizabeth Hyde and Mikayla Kantar; juniors Hunter Little and Melina Toibero.

What you need to know: Kait Muniz and William Christian lead the Gators in 2016. Both are two of the best runners in the county and will likely land in the top-10 – or higher – at counties. Behind Muniz and Christian is a solid bunch of runners including seniors Ruben Rosario, Jake Carson, Chris Reckner, Jake Carr, juniors Josh Kruts, Al Hernandez and sophomore Noah Kim, along with freshman Elliott Pochettion.

Senior Heather Ailinger is Reservoir’s best runner on the girl’s side, and according to coach Phil Rogers she has looked very strong entering the year, but most importantly has had a “great mindset and outlook.” Ailinger has the ability to finish within the top-10 at the county meet. Behind her are a plethora of runners including seniors Ananya Mathur, Elizabeth Hyde – a first year runner who has showed tons of potential over the course of the preseason – Mikayla Kantar and juniors Melina Tolbero and Hunter Little.

Rogers has been very impressed with Pochettion, crediting his work ethic this offseason, while Krutz, Rosario Little and Toibero has made huge strides from last season.

“[We’re] very senior heavy, hoping that the seniors on the team lead the kids through a good season,” Rogers said. “I think coaching will be a huge factor. Getting them prepared and ready to race when it counts. Coach Rhyz Siemer, coach Bobby Gessler – new to RHS coaching family this year – and myself have worked tirelessly to ensure we are taking care of the kids and hopefully giving them a season to remember.”

 

River Hill

Boys to watch: Seniors Rahul Reddy, Jake Parker, Drew Meininger, Ben Oldhouser and Kevin Reynolds; junior Jake Downing.

Girls to watch: Seniors Owen Dannelly, Colleen Krein, Jennifer Hornor and Camille Burns; juniors Jasmine Tiamfook, Alexa Matthews and Raaya Khleif.

What you need to know: The Hawks once again are the team to beat, and on the boys side they return most of their best runners from a year ago. Senior Rahul Reddy is set to take the place of last year’s Howard County cross country Runner of the Year Trent Rose. According to coach Paul Hugus, if Reddy is able to set the pace, and the Hawks have less than a 45 second spread from one through five, they will be in a good position to once again finish with a state championship.

Jasmine Tiamfook leads the girl’s team and is expected to be one of the best runners in the county. She is followed by Owen Dannelly, Colleen Krein, Jennifer Horner, Alexa Matthews and Raaya Khleif. All five runners should be among the top 15-20 at the county meet, while first-year runner Camille Burns (senior) should be in the mix for a top-10 position on the team. River Hill should challenge for county, region and state titles in 2016.

“As long as our girls can stay focused on the end of the season team goals during this long season, we should have success at the end of October and the first few weeks of November,” Hugus said.

 

Wilde Lake

Boys to watch: Seniors Jonathan Sussman and Nathan Gears; freshman Will Tripp.

Girls to watch: Juniors Sarah Spall and Adriana Rosas.

What you need to know: Wilde Lake finished 10th in the boys and eighth in the girls county championship race last year, while earning eighth and fifth places, respectively, at the 3A East regional meet.

 

Glenelg Country

Boys to watch: Senior Brian Hersey, junior Alex Todor and freshman Thomas Demers.

Girls to watch: Sophomores Emily Shorb and Molly Roesch.

What you need to know: The Dragons have added a new member to their coaching staff this fall, as co-head coach Brian Dempsey joins the cross country program after coaching for 20 years in Arizona. Head coach Brian Bronn is excited to have Dempsey join the team, stating that Dempsey has brought “a wealth of knowledge and passion to GCS.”

“He already had a major impact on the team,” Bronn added. “He raises the level of the program to new heights.”

Senior Brian Hersey will lead the Dragons in 2016, along with junior Alex Todor and freshman Thomas Demers, as Glenelg Country is looking to make some noise in the MIAA B conference. Hersey and Demers are the top-two runners, but all three have the opportunity to earn all conference accolades this season. Demers started his first year strong, coming in 24th in one of the Dragons’ first scrimmages this preseason.

“He sent a message to the rest of team and set the tone for the Dragons,” said coach Brian Bronn. “He will be an integral part of the varsity program and showed the coaches he is ready for varsity high school cross country.”

Sophomores Emily Shorb and Molly Roesch are Glenelg Country’s top female runners and have had a strong summer thus far. Shorb will be one of the best in the IAAM C conference and is primed for all-conference honors.

The boys are aiming for a top-three standing, while the girls are looking for a top-five mark.

 

Chapelgate

Boys to watch: Seniors Chris Niccolini and Davon Parker; sophomore Steven Barr.

Girls to watch: Senior Danielle Li; junior Kara Davis.
What you need to know:
Kevin Dingle is at the helm of the Chapelgate cross country program that is only in its second year of existence. Although the Yellowjackets are a young team, they have some top-notch talent in runners Chris Niccolini, Davon Parker and Steven Barr. Those three will lead a program that is primed to make some noise in the MIAA C conference. Senior Danielle Li and junior Kara Davis will lead Chapelgate’s girls squad, who are looking forward to further success in 2016.

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