By Ben Murphy
Farwell’s boys and girls varsity cross country teams are in different boats heading into the 2013 season. The boys’ squad made it to state finals while the girls’ have just four members on the team altogether this year.
“I’m proud of the ones who trained this summer,” head coach James Frank said. “They will see the benefits of that this year. We’re starting to build the program to a championship level and they’re starting to believe.”
Returning for the boys team that took 22nd place in last year’s state finals are seniors Joe Bowen, Kurt Meister, junior Cameron Disbrow and sophomore Garrett McQuiston. New to the team is sophomore Damien Brown, freshmen Marty Fedewa an Daylen Garber.
“The boys lost three of the top five but we have a lot of young guys that will fill in pretty nicely,” Frank said. “We’re going to be more of a pack team this year… We want qualifying for states to be a yearly goal for the boys.”
New to the team is sophomore Damien Brown and freshman Marty Fedewa. Also in the program is seventh grader Wyatt Tubbs.
Returning to the girls team will be senior Megan Williams and sophomore Contessa Hammond (second team all-JPC). New for the girls are Clarissa Hammond and freshman Kasey Staley. Also in the program is eighth grader Druanne Marsh and seventh grader Emma Tideswell.
“We aren’t able to score as a team with the girls but we have several looking for individual awards and state qualifying,” Frank said. “The biggest thing with the girls is trying to build the program.”
Farwell opens its season at Hemlock today (Friday) and competes again at Chippewa Hills Aug. 27.