The Delta cross country teams will be young, but they hope to grow as the season progresses. Each squad has just one letter winner back from last season.
The boys return Maverick Wright, who was second team all-league last season. Promising newcomers include Jarod Kurfiss, Jacob Schneider and James Bozarth, according to coach Alex Frey.
“We have two very solid runners in Maverick Wright and Jarod Kurfiss,” said Frey. “We will also have a pack of 4-5 guys to follow the two up front.”
The team is young, with six runners being freshmen or sophomores and two having never run before.
“We have some young talent and we will see how they handle themselves with the upper classmen,” said Frey. “There is lots of room for growth though.”
The coach would like to see his squad compete to finish in the upper half of the NWOAL.
For the Delta girls, Rachel Buchhop is the lone returning letter winner. She will look to improve on her personal best of 21:39.
Promising newcomers are Grace Sonick, Echo Sniegowski and Eva Huang. Unfortunately, that is not enough for a team. “Unless we can find one more girl, we will not place,” Frey said.
There is some reason for optimism, however. “We are only losing one girl after this season so hopefully we can continue to gain more girls and keep improving the few we have,” the coach said.
Delta is scheduled to open the season on Sept. 5 at the Columbus Grove Invitational.