Harrison’s recent cross country teams have been fierce competitors; this year looks to be no different.
With returning semi-state qualifiers Charlie Brinkerhoff, Nick Ensinger, and Erick Borders, the Raiders will definitely be tough competition.
They will also feature Evan Berkey, Skylar Ford, and Kevin Bayley, a very talented group of upperclassmen.
Mr. Philips is the head coach of the team and Mr. Cahee will be joining the team as an assistant coach after his one year hiatus.
This season will also prove to be exciting for senior Kevin Bayley, who will be making his first athletic appearance since his car accident on August 22, 2013.
Bayley says that he feels ready to compete again and one of his primary goals this season is to not miss any practices or meets due to injury.
His fellow teammates have been pushing him hard to ensure that he is ready for the season.
With his concussion following the accident, Bayley has been somewhat limited on what he could do before the season.
Bayley was not cleared from his concussion until late December.
Bayley attributes his comeback to his ability to stay positive and not focus on any of the negatives.
“I definitely notice that some things are different after the concussion. Speech and stutter problems happen more often now.”
Despite his struggles with the concussion, Bayley said it didn’t affect his schoolwork very much.
“I have to work harder now to maintain grades and I saw a little drop in GPA, so that was kind of disheartening, but I just have to focus on the positives and get back to working hard.”
“Kevin is a very tough runner and shows great leadership by leading by example,” said fellow senior, Nick Ensinger.
When asked what Bayley means to this team, Ensinger said “He is a valuable piece to the team and there would definitely be a void without him and his character at practice each day. We’re really glad to have him back this year.”
All of Bayley’s teammates and coaches are eager to see how he does in his return to athletics.
If you would like to join them, you can come out to the Amphitheater next Tuesday to cheer on your fellow Raiders.