Brianna Robbins – 1851 Staff
The men’s cross country team ended the season on a high note with runners competing in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) meet and the National Collegiate Athlete Association Regionals. Strong performances in the races came courtesy of sophomores Alex Weselcouch, Cameron Wiewel, and Andrew Panther.
There are many differences between last season and this season, including the training methods, changes in the coaching staff, and the number of athletes participating. New assistant coaches were added to both the men’s and women’s cross country teams.
“The coachs’ attitude was a lot more serious and the coaching style was a lot more structured,” said Weselcouch. “I think the new assistant coaches helped everyone take the sport a lot more seriously and really pushed people to put in the necessary effort. The whole coaching staff is great and the new coaches are a great addition to the team.”
In the ECAC meet, Weselcouch and Wiewel led the way for the men’s team, placing 111th and 126th in a field of over 300 runners. The team finished 33rd out of 46 teams competing.
The men’s cross country runners ended the season in the NCAA Regionals meet.The team placed 47th with Weselcouch and Wiewel finishing with a less than a two-tenths of a difference, placing 205th and 206th, respectively.
Many of the members of the men’s cross country team hope to continue the success into the indoor track season. “I believe that the results from this cross country season will carry over to indoor track and field,” said Panther. “The different vigorous training methods that Head Coach James Martin has used will only be more helpful.”
“Overall it was a great season and I think
everyone had a lot of fun,” said Weselcouch.