Cross country: B-E runners look for progress in year two
The Brandon-Evansville cross country team is in its second year of existence this fall and ready to see if kids can take the next step after getting their feet wet in 2017.
“Last year was about learning the sport and what it is,” head coach Roberta Bosma said. “I am hopeful that this year we are working to push each other and work on race strategy. We should have some guys fighting for some ribbons and medals this year. Most of the guys have high goals and expectations for themselves, and we are looking forward to seeing that success. For the girls team, I am hoping we are able to field an entire varsity roster and see how we stack up to other teams in the area.”
The Chargers lost just one letter winner from a year ago in Alek Pikkaraine.
“He was a strong leader with his work ethic in practice, and that will be missed,” Bosma said.
This year, B-E features three seniors among the roster in Elijah Anderson for the boys and Kerryn Lund and Christina Kuismi for the girls. Lund and Kuismi are both returning letter winners, while freshman Wesley Siira and juniors Blake Merritt and Caitlyn Deschene join that list of kids with experience coming back. Abram Fossell, a freshman from Destiny Academy in Ashby, joined the team this season for the boys, while eighth-grader Logan Froemming put in the work during the off-season that has Bosma excited about his future.
“He put a lot of time in over the summer and has improved a lot,” Bosma said. “Hopefully he is running with Wes and Blake.”
On the girls’ side, Brandon-Evansville also added freshman Maeve Huisman and seventh-grader Kiatta Korkowski.
“I challenged each runner to run for at least 200 miles before practice started,” Bosma said. “Half of the team completed this challenge and you can see the improvement it has made with each of them. They look more confident and loose in practice, and they are already battling each other in practice and pushing each other to get better. Likewise, they have learned the concept of teamwork and cheer everyone on through the toughest of workouts. They refuse to let each other quit on a run.”
The biggest challenge the Chargers face are overall numbers. Six boys and five girls make up the team this season.
“Until more people in our school embrace the concept that running isn't as hard as they think, we struggle with filling a full roster,” Bosma said.
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE CROSS COUNTRY 2018 ROSTER
BOYS - SENIOR - Elijah Anderson
JUNIOR - Blake Merritt
FRESHMEN - Abram Fossell, Wesley Siira
EIGHTH-GRADERS - Logan Froemming, Nathan Anderson
GIRLS - SENIORS - Kerryn Lund, Christina Kuismi
JUNIOR - Caitlyn Deschene
FRESHMAN - Maeve Huisman
SEVENTH-GRADES - Kiatta Korkowski
COACHES - Head coach - Robert Bosma