FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Freddies aren’t finished.
The Freddies girl’s and boy’s cross country teams both qualified for the regional cross country meet, but they are looking for bigger and better things.
“Our goal is the state meet,” said Coach Bob Geiger of the Freddies. “So, we planned on being here (referring to qualifying for the regional meet). This is where we want to be, with a shot at the state meet. For the boys this is the 24th time in 25 years that they have been to the regional and the girls have only missed three or four in that time period too. So, this is part of the process. We expect to be here, but we are really happy with the way that we are running right now.”
The Freddies will participate in the regionals Saturday at Pickerington North High School. The girls will race in the Division II race at 11:45 a.m., while the boys run in the Division III race at 1:30 p.m.
The Freddies boy’s cross country squad will be looking to top their district championship by making it to the state cross country race. The girl’s cross country squad will be looking to compete against much bigger Division II teams.
“They took six girls teams, and the girls are Division II, so they are with the bigger schools and we were fifth, and they took three boys teams out of our district and we were district champions,” Geiger said. “We are really proud. I think this is our fifth or six district championship in the last eight or nine years, so we are where we expected to be. We expect to be in the state meet, and that’s where we want to go and where we want to be.”
The boys are led by junior Thomas Caputo, who finished second in the district after finishing second in the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference race. Sophomore Evan France (fifth), junior Titus Krabill (sixth) and senior Ethan Dudgeon (eighth) gave the Freddies four runners in the top 10 at district.
The Freddies completely dominated the competition, as all seven runners finished in the top 16 overall. Seniors Colton Riel and Roghan Roddy were 12th and 13th, respectively, while sophomore Xavier Platt was 16th.
That great pack of runners have the Freddie boys dreaming of big things this Saturday and beyond.
On the girls’ side, the Freddies are hoping a pack mentality gives them a shot at advancing to state.
Freshman Elsa Hoam led the way, finishing 14th at district. After that, it was a couple of strong packs that helped them finish fifth as a team.
Senior Sammy Maglott (32nd), sophomore Natalie Vanmeter (33rd) and junior Macy Thorne (35th) were the first wave of Freddies, followed by senior Georgie Caputo (40th), sophomore Sadie Sanders (43rd) and senior Emma Linhares (44th).
Geiger also spoke of the preparation that a cross country runner has to go through in order to compete at such a level.
“So these guys started running in late June and they’ve been conditioning ever since. They’ve put a lot of miles in; a lot of hills in. They have done a lot of core and strength training. They have done a lot of healthy eating and learning to race,” he said. “So the entire season for these guys has kind of been built to these couple of weeks right here (for regional competition and potentially state competition) because these are the ones that people remember.”
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