CROTON — “Food. Family. Fun.”
That’s the slogan for Fredericktown Cross Country, according to head coach Bob Geiger. The middle school program has taken that and — to coin a phrase — run with it.
The Fredericktown Middle School girls cross country team earned another victory on Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference championships, held at Hartford Fairgrounds, while the boys finished a close second to a loaded Buckeye Valley Middle School team.
The Freddie girls were led by Nichole Groseclose, who finished third (12:34.4). Molly Linahares (12:36.1) was fifth, while Lauren Davis (13:21.4) was eighth. The trio helped lead Fredericktown to 51 points, just ahead of Buckeye Valley (53).
The Fredericktown boys were led by Trenton Whaley (11:27.1) and Brad Wolford (11:32.1), who finished third and fourth, respectively.
The boys haven’t lost to a non-Division I opponent all season.
“We’re all one big family,” said Geiger. “There are 80-plus kids, and all the parents help. So we try to plan things together.”
Every junior-high runner in the program is teamed with a high school buddy. The system allows runners of all ages to learn the same instruction from all coaches.
Geiger said his sister, Julie, does a lot of the recruiting for the program as well as assistant Greg Davidson.
“They coach them in track, and that brings them out,” said Geiger. “They come out and they stick to it.”
The whole thing is considered simply a warm-up for the real show — the state championships at Groveport Madison High School on Sunday.
“Last year, we were sixth and ninth,” said Geiger. “This year, we hope to be in the top four. Every day, we count down the days to the state meet. We started counting at the start of the season, 89.
“Food. Family. Fun,” he added.
NOTES: The Highland Scots finished fifth in the boys race, led by Jacob Serio (11:58.9) who finished 14th. … Centerburg finished third in the girls race, led by Alyssa Holt (13:08.4) who finished seventh.
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