Cross country seeks to place top two in conference

By Robin Allard, sports editor

Newman fall sports’ expectations are set high for this season. The men’s team placed seventh out of nine and the women’s teams placed fifth at the Maple Leaf Invitational.

“This season we can be one of the top two teams of the conference,” said Josh Schepis, cross country coach. “With the returners such as Rubi Torres for the women, and Peter Neidhart for the men, the two teams have great leaders to follow.”

Hard work and teamwork have been the key words for this preseason as the cross country teams prepare for this season.

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The 2012 Newman Cross Country teams enter this season with hopes of improving on their finishes from the previous year

“We know that it is going to be a long process if we want to win the conference, but with all the hard work they show every day, pushing each other, I know we can do something,” Schepis said.

The coach is not the only one to have big expectations for this season.

“I expect for both teams to take first at conference and a strong finish at regionals,” said returner Tiana Hacker.

Returner Rubi Torres shares Hacker’s optimism because of her belief in the team members.

“I see a lot of good things for our team this coming season. We have a great group of girls that work hard every single practice,” Torres said. “We could have a big chance of beating our rival Dallas Baptist. It’ll definitely come down to who wants it more and who has more guts.”

The players said they not only look forward to having a good season but also having a chance to build traditions.

“We have an opportunity to start some tradition at Newman for the cross country program that future teams can build on,” returner Zachary Ball said.

The Jets will be back Oct. 8 at the Friends Invitational.

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