Schuyler boys XC ready to roll
Schuyler Central High School boys cross country coach Rick Carter has a very experienced group of athletes returning to form the nucleus of his 2018 squad. Of the 18 young men on the roster, six are seniors.
Leading that group are standouts Cristobal Gonzalez and Miguel Carrasco, who look to be on the verge of break-out seasons for the Warriors. Both runners qualified for the 2017 state meet.
The team members for the 2018 season are Seniors: Miguel Carrasco, Kenneth Castro, Cristobal Gonzalez, Abner Perez, Greg Ramon, and Christopher Renteria, Junior: Kevin Vazquez, Sophomores: Nur Abdirahman, Javier Alarcon, Uriel Alvarado, Cirilo Mejia, Luis Padilla, Gustavo Perez, Hugo Ramon, and Andy Ruiz, Freshmen: Eduardo Carrasco, Wilfernando Castro, and Emmanuel Zuniga.
According to coach Carter: “This could be a very good year for us again. We lost a couple of good runners from last year’s team, but we have some freshmen I believe can fill in the voids quite well.”
“The strengths of this team will definitely be the two runners who competed in the state meet last year. I look for big things from both Cristobal and Miguel. We also have a freshman (Emmanuel Zuniga) who placed 13th in the all class middle school state cross country meet last year, so we see a great deal of varsity potential in him.”
Coach Carter sees possible greatness in his young newcomers.
“Besides Zuniga I look for Eduardo Carrasco and Nur Abdirahman to potentially have great seasons,” he said.
When asked about any weaknesses, coach Carter commented: “Our only area of concern is the same one that we have every year. I just hope our boys can remain injury free and healthy.”
The Warriors will have a schedule very similar to the one they ran through in 2017. Some of the major meets they will compete in are the UNK Invitational, the Wahoo Invite, the Central City Invite, and the Central Conference meet.
They also host the annual Schuyler Central Invitational on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. at the Schuyler Golf Course.
Coach Carter mentioned that it is always difficult to predict who the top teams in the state will be but, “Skutt Catholic and Lincoln Pius should be contenders and never rule out new Central Conference addition Lexington.”
As for team goals in 2018?
“We definitely want to get runners to the state meet again. It’s still way too early to tell, but we would like to qualify our whole team for the state meet,” Carter said. “Don’t count us out of that possibility.”
In what looks like another banner year for the boys cross country team, Carter wrapped up his comments by saying” “I am very excited about this season. We have a lot of talented runners on this team. I hope they can push each other and thus make each other that much better.”