With one of the top 15 runners in the entire state and the third best in all of Class A in senior Alex Beckerson, the Bulldogs cross country team has an edge up on most of their competitors in the region.
But, once it’s factored in, the team has only one other senior, one junior and two freshmen as the only high school members, their edge becomes a necessity to stay competitive and that is exactly what their head coach Chris Beckerson intends on them being.
“I want to be competitive,” said Beckerson. “We are a young team, but I still think we have what it takes to be competitive in our area.”
If the Bulldogs are going to reach their coach’s expectations they will need senior Charles Holsinger and junior Nick Beckerson to contribute as well as freshmen Zack Curtsinger and Cooper Shearer to continue to improve.
“My two freshmen (Curtsinger and Shearer) had real good years last year as eighth graders and I’m hoping that they can pick their times up and be in the low 19’s, high 18’s which will help a lot at the region meet this year,” said Beckerson.
Behind their five high school runners the Bulldogs have two eighth graders, three seventh graders and two sixth and fifth graders each. While it may appear difficult to be competitive with such young runners, it’s not unheard of, especially for Burgin.
“I just keep reminding the team that the year we won the region we had just one senior, one junior, two sophomores and a bunch of middle school runners so we are using that as motivation going into this year,” added Beckerson.