BROOKVILLE — Just a few weeks ago, the Brookville Area High School cross country teams had two dual meets on their entire schedule.
The decision by the northern Intermediate Unit 9 region of schools to restructure its schedule took away most of Brookville’s traditional running foes. But alas, there’s a new schedule with seven dates, although with no invitationals, with a hopeful postseason to be determined.
That’s fine with head coach Doug Roseman and assistant coach Dan Murdock, who both lost entire track and field seasons this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Quite honestly, we don’t care who we run,” said Roseman. “We just want the gun to fire.”
Most of his 24-runner varsity roster — 12 boys and 12 girls — were denied a spring track season. Anything this fall helps, for sure.
“They’re mad they missed track season and put the best summer they’ve ever put in as far as I’m concerned,” Roseman said. “They’ve put the most positive spin on this they possible can and want to run and they know each race may be their last race and they’re ready to go.”
“No one has competed since the very end of February,” Murdock said. “It’s been a long time since they’ve competed and they’re anxious. That want to have something that counts. Virtuals are no fun any more.”
A big part of last fall’s group returns from 6-6 (boys) and 7-6 (girls) dual seasons. The girls were third in the team standings for the second straight year at the D9 Class A meet while the boys placed sixth.
Senior Emma Fiscus is the lone returning state qualifier. She’ll gun for a third trip to states if given the chance. She was 11th at districts for the second straight year.
“She’s one who made the most of what we lost last spring,” Roseman said. “She logged a lot of miles the in the summer, the most she ever has, and we’re looking for great things out of her.”
All but one district runner returns for the Lady Raiders with juniors Janelle Popson (26th), Sadie Shofestall (28th) and Samantha Hetrick (34th), sophomore Anna Fiscus (37th) and junior Emily Martz (48th).
“A lot of the order is up for grabs,” Roseman said. “Every week could have a different order and they’re all similar and pushing each other and doing the right things.”
The boys don’t have three of their district runners back but return their top placewinner in junior Calvin Doolittle, who missed cut for states by just 10 seconds and finished 16th. Senior Hayden Kramer (38th), junior Gideon Waterbury (60th) and sophomore Hunter Rupp (94th) also return from districts.
“We have the best numbers with the boys we’ve had in awhile,” Roseman said. “Calvin is showing great leadership and Hayden the same thing. We’ve picked up (junior) Bay Harper and that’s a great addition.”
“We have a nice group of ninth-graders, five of them who have moved up,” Murdock said. “Some of those will stick their nose in there as well and it’s kind of making it a nice dynamic within the roster.”
The junior high roster has five boys and six girls, which would enable both teams to score at the dual meets.
“This year really accentuates leadership and without the invitationals, teams aren’t going to be racing themselves into shape,” Roseman said. “They need the leadership and it has to be done in practice. I like what that means for our team.”
Seniors: Hayden Kramer, Owen Rupp.
Juniors: Calvin Doolittle, Bay Harper.
Sophomores: Brody Barto, Hunter Rupp, Gideon Waterbury.
Freshmen: Ian Clowes, Alec Geer, Jack Gill, Brady Means, Nick Shaffer.
Seniors: Emma Fiscus, Jennifer Smith.
Juniors: Emma Afton, Samantha Hetrick, Emily Martz, Janelle Popson, Sadie Shofestall, Chloe Smith.
Sophomores: Anna Fiscus, Amber McAninch.
Freshmen: Ella Fiscus, Teran Viglione.
Eighth: Henry May, Jacob Murdock.
Seventh: Boden Evans, Ty Fiscus, Evan McKalsen.
Eighth: Erika Doolittle.
Seventh: Adell Doty, Alice Rooney, Corinne Siar, Samantha Whitling, Kaida Yoder.
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All dual meets begin at 4 p.m.