Another year came and went for Perry’s cross country team who despite failing to make a state appearance had their seniors leave some lasting impressions that could very well pave a trail of untapped potential.
At the beginning of the season, head coach Jeff Fox made it a point to emphasize teamwork as he looked to his veterans to teach by leading and push the mantra “no runner left behind.”
“I will miss the senior leadership from Zach [Thompson], Zachary [Stewart], and Aaron [Lockwood],” Fox said.
For 10 meets those three seniors along with a number of other Bluejays and Jayettes laced up their shoes and competed at their best level, which for Fox was no surprise.
“All in all the athletes ran as expected,” he said.
Another senior who took her final stride at the state qualifying meet was Grace Stewart, who for the majority of the season was the squad’s top finisher.
Stewart’s last race of her career was on Oct. 19th at Atlantic HS where she missed a chance at state by just three places when she finished 18th overall.
As a team neither the Bluejays nor Jayettes posted top three finishes. Truth be told the two teams never finished in the top six.
The Bluejays highest finish was seventh place for the boys back on Sept. 7, at Greene County and eighth for the girls at the Leon Fox Invitational.
With a strong corps of seniors heading off to future endeavors, Fox shared what he felt would be necessary for next year’s squad to finally head to a state tournament.
“The underclassmen will need to step it up for us to be successful next year,” he said.