Coach Dana Cousins says the Fair Weather Relays are only the beginning for the Cavaliers. Both the Boys and Girls teams will participate in the first home meet of the season.
Cousins says there's a good mix of talent running for Chillicothe which will give his team a stronger lineup. “We definitely have a stronger team. We’re lagging in a couple of spots but I think we’ll make up for it in others.”
Injury and smaller numbers were problematic for the Cavs last season. But Cousins says “That always wins track meets, when you get the seconds and thirds (places) and to let kids know you don’t always have to be first. We can still win a meet” which Cousins adds builds confidence for his athletes.
The Cavs’ most experience is in middle and long distance runners. “That’s really what’s going to carry us.” Cousins is happy to have Dalton Bettendorf, Ben Haller and Jacob Scharfetter on his team. The tri-captains will handle those middle and long distance events.
More than 40 athletes make up the Cavaliers this season and there are some diamonds in the rough when you have that kind of depth. And that can help towards the post season.
“Track and Field… you’re gonna get better as the season goes on.” Cousins says it’ll be two or three weeks down the road when fans will see things start to come together for his club.
The Fair Weather Relays get it all started Saturday morning at 10:30am at Bobo Track at Herrnstein Field.
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