The boys and the girls cross country teams both compete in sectionals at home tomorrow. The teams have a slight advantage in having ran their home course many times at practices and earlier meets in the season.
“I think we have a real good chance at being third in the sectional and advance to regionals,” the boys cross country coach Nick Balbach said. We will have to run well to advance from there but anything is possible and that’s why they run the race.”
After impressive finishes in the regular season, the coach Balbach and the runners will not accept defeat. They are determined to win and go all the way to state. One of their best runners Conner O’ Day has high hopes for the team and himself.
“I really want to win because it could be my last race here at BD. All the seniors want to win and I know we can,” O’Day said.”
“We have improved incrementally over the season and hopes are that we have our best races in the next two weeks,” Balbach said.
“We are looking forward to the post season and plan to place in the top 3 at sectional to move on to Regionals,” girls cross country coach Erin Toothman said. “We are looking to at the very minimum have a few individuals who move on to semi-state.”
The girls cross country team has improved a lot this year placing second in the Avon Invite and third in the Danville Relays. Senior Connie Brahm is leading the team all the way through the postseason. The coach wants 3rd place and the team can do that and maybe more.
“When I run, I give 100 percent nothing less,” Brahm said “I am determined not to make sectionals my last race, but state.”
Both teams are looking to finish third to advance to regional. The teams want to end their season by winning state.
The girls have worked hard all season and continue to see their times drop.