The varsity boy’s cross-country team had a break-out season in 2021 and are hoping to build on that success in 2022. This year’s squad returns all the runners from last year’s team that placed second and the TCIS and fourth in the VISAA state championship. The team is also bolstered by the return of longtime Coach Rich Higgins who joins the indomitable Mike Sheedy and first-year coach Brian Murphy to help put the team in position to win their first ever boy’s state title. Higgins and Sheedy have championships experience, having led the girl’s team to three consecutive state championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016. “The team has been working very hard. We have very good depth and a tremendous group of young people,” commented Higgins.
Parker Shonka ‘23, Brody Cox ’25, and Jake Falcone ‘23 are all ranked in the top 25 in the state for VISAA Divisions II and III giving the Trojans a lot of firepower in the lead pack. Each of them are contenders to finish near the front on race day. However well the top three finish, the key to the team’s success in championship meets, according to Higgins, is how our four through seven runners finish. “Clay Carpenter ‘25, Nick Primich ’25, and Ayden Richardson ‘24 have been battling for a spot right behind the top three. If one or two of them cut 30 seconds off their race time it could mean 50 points for the team.” Brendan Bouchard ‘23, Chris Clemens ‘23, and Andrew Robinson ‘25 have also worked extremely hard and are challenging to be the runner that puts the team over the top when it is all said and done. “The tremendous depth and competition within the team is part of what makes this group special,” added Higgins. “Due to a very strong summer running camp most of the team’s top ten runners are poised to significantly improve their personal best times this season,” Higgins continued. “It will be exciting to watch!”
On the girls’ side, the team is rebuilding after lagging participation in the past few seasons. Kate Digges ’23 returns and is poised for a breakout year as a senior. Morgan Schott ’23 and Gabriel Kreydatus ‘25 are also part of our girls’ team that is looking to build back to its championship form of a few years back. “It is a tremendous honor to coach this group of athletes and I am excited for the future of the program,” added Higgins.