Boys’ XC transitions welcomes new coach, training routines

September 23, 2010 — by

Looking ahead at the long road to success for its new season, the boys’ cross country team finds itself both in a state of constancy and transition.

The team features several returning members but is undoubtedly anchored by two returning senior captains: Garrick Chan and Kyle Fukui. The lineup has been slightly altered with the addition of junior Harry Curtis and the addition of freshmen twins Will and Sam Guy.

While the nucleus of the team remains intact, the squad members were uncertain for several months as to who would lead their team for the upcoming season. After weeks of waiting, Dan Ambrico, a runner from the University of Notre Dame who recently moved from New York, was announced the new head coach. He hopes for the team to qualify for the state meet this year.

“We need to see some of our promising underclass continue improving in order to achieve our team goal of reaching the state meet,” said Ambrico.

Nonetheless, Ambrico is optimistic that the squad will thrive under the “great senior leadership” of Fukui and Chan.

Under Ambrico, the team has adopted some new techniques in preparation for the year.

“There are many big changes in training, but we are fine with it,” said Chan. “Last year’s training caused a majority of runners to get burned out and we are trying to change that.”

The team currently practices intervals around the school campus rather than on the track itself. Most workouts consist of a total of three miles.

The team recently competed in the Lynbrook meet with Fukui and Chan placing 12th and 17th respectively.

The team hopes to have success holistically and looks to build off of individual performances as well. Chan is looking for success to bolster his hopes of recruitment for college.

“So far I’ve been contacted by D3 schools,” said Chan. “I’m working hard to have a great senior year and waiting for D1 schools to get in contact with me.”

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