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A new year could yield great advances for cross country

Joe Dare was named head cross country coach in April 2014 and is the second coach in the program's 32-year history. (Cabrini Athletics/Submitted Photo)

Joe Dare was named head cross country coach in April 2014 and is the second coach in the program’s 32-year history. (Cabrini Athletics/Submitted Photo)

Cross country is beginning its 32nd season with a new coach and an influx of new runners. In preparation for the coming season, runners have been practicing many mornings and taking guidance from their new coach, Coach Joe Dare (previously of St. Joseph’s University).

According to Pete Lyden, junior mathematics major, Dare is an improvement from the past and is bringing “positive light and energy” to the team.

Dare has even reached out to Cabrini’s soccer coach to enroll even more perspective runners for during the soccer team’s off-season.

“He’s a very individualized coach,” Lyden said. “He even does the work outs with us from time to time.” Dare isn’t the only addition to the team.

Last year, men’s cross country had one of the smallest teams in the schools history, but Lyden finds solace in his new teammates.

“We barely yielded five guys a meet last year,” Lyden said. “We definitely have some new potential this year—I’m excited.”

Three to four new members will be joining both the men’s and girl’s cross country teams for the 2014-2015 season.

Joanne Schrank, senior elementary and special education double major, believes the team’s preseason practices will ensure that their ready for their upcoming meetings (namely the Paul Short and Prinston invitational in October).

“I’m really looking forward to see what this year’s team has in store for me,” Schrank said. “I’m confident it’s going to be a great way to end my time at Cabrini.

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