Holy Trinity boys cross country team showing improvement


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Holy Trinity's Matt Allen, shown here with teammate and No. 1 girls runner, Carly McNatt, has dropped three minutes off his best time from last season.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

If ever there were an example of hard working paying off, it’s Holy Trinity No. 1 boys cross country runner Matthew Allen.

The sophomore, who didn’t make it out of districts last season, has already knocked three full minutes off his best time and is already ranked sixth in his district with an eye on getting to the regionals.

“I put in a lot of work this summer,” said Allen, who has run a 20:43.

I was doing everything I could and coach (Anthony Sullivan) was pushing me to be my best. He’s still pushing me. I plan on breaking 20 (minutes) this year.”

If the Tigers keep working this season, there could be more of them headed to the regional meet.

Freshman Jack Riggs is Holy Trinity’s No. 2 runner, followed by eighth-grader Ryan Henderson. After that, it’s eighth-grader Austin Olivas, sophomore Gregory Bouyoucas, senior Hari Dandapani and senior team captain Max Pagan.

As Allen said, making it to the regionals would be a big step forward for the Holy Trinity program, which is still working its way back to being one of the top teams in the state.

The only way they’re going to get there is through hard work and that’s exactly what the Tigers have been doing this offseason.

They will certainly be a team to watch as the year goes along.

“The guys were very rough when we first started out,” Sullivan said. “They’ve put in a lot of work over the summer. We came into the season without having anyone even close to qualifying for regions and right now, we’ve got two slated to qualify on their own and a possible third.

“They’ve really put in a lot of work. Last year was a little rough, this year is much, much better. They’re seeing that hard work is paying off.”