By Ben Murphy
“Practices so far have been very good,” he said. “The kids are working quite hard and doing everything I ask of them. Also, so far we are injury free and our numbers are staying quite good.”
Returning for the boys team is senior Dalton Macdormott (second-team JPC), juniors Noah Cesal, Kyle Eichorn, Phillip Hale, Alan Poole and sophomores Nairobi Thomas and Daniel Yoder. New for the boys are freshmen Curtis Eichhorn, Ray Ramirez, Reed Romanowski, Andy Cargill, Brandon Nimtz and Jaycob Turner.
“Cesal has worked very hard this summer to become our team leader,” Reeve said. “I am looking forward to seeing how much he has improved in competition. Also, Romanowksi should be very exciting to watch as he was the best runner in the Jack Pine Conference junior high last year so it will be fun to see how he transitions to high school.”
Returning for the girls is senior Stephanie Prince and sophomore Raylene Ramirez. New for the girls will be seniors Hannah Sharp, Brandi Miller, juniors Christine Mason, Iris Xie (exchange student from China), Andrea Feliz Calvo (exchange student from Spain) and sophomore Kaylee Teebo.
“Ramirez has a good chance to make a statement in the JPC,” Reeve said. “I am also very excited to have exchange students running with us this year. I think it is a great experience for them and they have shown me in practice to be very dedicated and tough-minded.”
As for how the JPC will shake up, Reeve sees defending champion Clare as having another strong year.
“Clare will again be the team to beat on both the boys’ and girls’ side,” Reeve said. “Farwell and Roscommon boys have some good athletes… The girls’ races could be up in the air after Clare. With so many runners new to cross country it is important for these athletes to learn how to race.”
With the increase in runners Reeve is also setting higher goals for his teams.
“I would love to see our boys battle for second place in the conference, then see how we are looking for regionals,” Reeve said. “Qualifying for the state finals is a goal I always have… With our girls being so inexperienced, our team goal is simply to compete well with other teams in the conference and to gain some useful experience for the important meets at the end of the season.”
Harrison opens its season Sept. 4 at the Clare Invitational.
“I am looking forward to the season,” Reeve said. “Our boys’ team could be quite respectable and I am pleasantly surprised at the the number of girls I have on the team. So far they have been a pleasure to coach and I think that the hard work they are putting in will pay off in the near future.”