Cross Country runs in masses Tuesday, September 15, 2009 By DANA SANELLI
“I need a bigger bus,” said head cross country coach Dave Good. This is because the Holy Family cross country team is the biggest it has ever been, with close to 80 runners this year, comprised of around 50 girls and 30 boys. With such a large team, they are going to “focus on growth and build on the success of past years,” said Good. Those nearly 80 runners have provided a lot of raw talent for the team to utilize according to junior Jordan Kudrna. “We have a lot of people, and a lot of those people are really good, I think we have good chances for state or league titles.” “I’ve got probably eight to 12 runners that can compete for each of the six boys’ state spots, and eight to 12 that can compete for the six girls’ state spots,” said Good. “I’m very optimistic we’ll do very well at the league meet if we emphasize consistency in training and dedication to the sport,” said Good. They will need to focus that dedication if they want to stay competitive, because according to Good, some of the most talented teams in the state, including Colorado Academy, Faith Christian and Peak to Peak, are in the Tigers’ league. A rigorous schedule loaded with pivotal meets began on Aug. 29, with a scrimmage at D’Evelyn, while no official score was kept, Good guesses the boys and girls each scored within the top three. On Sept. 5, the Tigers ran on the state course in Fort Collins, where the boys placed 7th out of 27 led by juniors Cole Cribari and Andres Rodriguez and senior Andrew Matsushita. The girls placed sixth out of 27 teams, led by sophomore Stephanie Giltner and junior Jordan Kudrna.