Holy Trinity boys cross country team has bright future
The Holy Trinity boys cross country team may be young, but there is plenty of talent there to build for the future.
photo by Carl Kotala
Bryan Baker sees big things ahead for the Holy Trinity boys cross country team.
“I’d say by my senior year, there’s a state title (in our future),” the Tigers’ freshman said.
In order for that to materialize, however, the Tigers need to ensure they keep their core group of young runners together and set the foundation for success.
After all, with six of their top seven being freshmen or younger, it’s basically a whole new program.
“I think the main goal for the boys is to create an environment where they enjoy themselves this first year,” Holy Trinity coach Scott Baker said. “For the majority of them, it’s their first year ever running. So they’re athletes that are giving distance running a try, so it’s really important they have a good experience.
“The talent is there, so as long as they like it and stick with it, they’re going to be good.”
Bryan Baker is one of those runners who is running cross country for the first time. He ran a few road races when he was younger and started running track in middle school.
He is joined on this year’s team by seventh graders Cole Hewett and Mark Adams, eighth graders Walker Johnson and Jack Sattile, freshman Chris Selby and junior Josh Knight.
Given that it’s essentially a brand new, young team, the Tigers are looking at a top three finish in their district, which would send them to the regionals and plant the seed for a potential district title run next season.
The younger Baker said the Tigers are already starting to come together as a unit.
“The car rides are lot of fun with the team,” he said. “We really relax and talk along the way, try to make connections to each other, form a strong bond.”