OFA Harriers Finally Head Into New Season
BY DAVE SHEA
After waiting seven weeks to open the 2020 Cross Country season, OFA was forced to wait another week when Saturday's opener against Gouverneur was postponed when the Wildcats School went totally visual because of positive COVID-19 cases.
Coach Chris McRoberts' team is scheduled to run into a new season on Saturday morning (10 a.m.) in a meet at Canton.
Coach McRoberts feels that his team has the potential for a very competitive season.
"I really think we are going to be pretty good. We have full varsity boys and girls teams and we have good leaders on each team. And Coach Diane Jeneault has complete teams at the modified level so things are looking good," said Coach McRoberts.
"It will definitely be a very different season. There will be no sectionals or states but we will have a championship meet which will be divided by class sizes."
The Devil Boys and Girls will both feature two seniors and promising young runners.
Seniors Mitchel McCarthy and Connor McRoberts will lead the boys team and Jimmy Martin and Jay Sovie are returning sophomores with big upsides. First year varsity runners are sophomore Preston Henry and freshman Brandon Rivers.
On the girls team Coach McRoberts looks to Lexi Beaulieu to continue her development as top tier runner in the NAC and for fellow senior Mackenzie Spicer to put past injuries behind her. Sophomores Brianna McRoberts and Jessica Harman and freshman Emma Murray, as returning varsity runners, are all expected to come into their own in the season ahead.
Sophomore swim standout Myah Myers will do her racing on the cross country courses this fall with swimming moved to the spring and Quinn Crosson, who previously played volleyball in the fall, will also be a nice addition to the team.
"This is a very good group. They work hard and I think they will improve a great deal," said Coach McRoberts.