St. Luke's Cross Country: Season Preview

Dan Clarke
The St. Luke’s Cross Country team is looking forward to another fun and enjoyable season with a number of new faces competing this fall.

Head coach Corliss Spencer returns, for her tenth season, with her long-time assistant coach Roger D’Agostin and is excited by what she has seen so far: “Preseason was great. We had some wonderful weather and most of the runners look good. A couple are nursing some aches and pains but I think they will be ready to compete very soon.”

The 2017 girls team will be captained by Claire Wilson ‘18 and Cam Lyman ‘18 and the boys team by Jack Thies ‘18 and Mitchell Mount ‘18. Spencer expects the four seniors to do a superb job leading the two teams: “I am really looking for Claire and Cam to push the team and keep the girls working as a unit as it is a small group. I want Jack, who is also the Senior Class President, and Mitchell to really improve the communication between the boys. I also want them to be the go between for the coaches and the runners. ”

The 21-strong squad has 10 senior runners but also a number of younger athletes Spencer is hoping to see good things from: “We have a couple of younger runners that have never done the 5k’s before but with some training I think they can put up some good times. We also have Thomas Arnold (‘22) running varsity as an eighth grader so I am hoping he will run some great times this fall. I am really enthusiastic that he is going to be running with us and pushing the other guys on.”

The Cross Country team knows what to expect from the season and has already enjoyed a couple of meets at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport on Wednesday, September 13 and Allen’s Meadows in Wilton on Saturday, September 16. Wilson finished fourth in the FAA meet and 33rd in the Wilton invitational. Arnold finished 10th overall in the FAA meet and first in the Middle School division at the Wilton Invitational.

Spencer is hoping the team can build on the early success and continue to improve as the season progresses. “I expect Claire to have a really great season and with ten seniors and so many boys running it should be a fun fall. The team set themselves a goal to finish in the top half of the FAA so I look forward to seeing them achieve that.”

Next up: The St. Luke’s Cross Country team will compete in the second FAA meet of the season at Hopkins School on Wednesday, September 27 at 4:30pm.

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