BRADFORD — Bob Daugherty is back for his 12th season as boys cross country coach at Bradford.
The boys finished ninth in the CCC last year.
Returning letterwinners are sophomores Johnny Fike, Kurt Hoover and Clay Layman.
“We have a young team this year,” Daugherty said. “We have three sophomores and three freshmen. With no upperclassmen, some of our sophomores have stepped into leadership roles to help guide the younger athletes. So far this season, I have seen the boys push each other in practice more than I have seen in the past.
“While inexperienced, they have plenty of room to grow and I am expecting great things this season. They seem to be, as a total group, a little bit quicker than other teams I’ve coached, so I am hoping to start rising above the middle of the pack as a team. Unfortunately, with only six on the team, we have to make sure everyone stays healthy and injury free. I see this year as a start and over the next few years we will only be getting better as a team as these boys become stronger and more experienced.”
Daugherty hopes to improve in the CCC
“I am hoping to finish strong in the league this year,” Daugherty said. “We will definitely be working on hills to prepare these kids for the CCC meet at National Trail.”
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Daugherty is also the girls coach
The Lady Raildroaders finished seventh in the CCC last year.
Graduating off that team were Gabby Fair and Bailey Brewer.
Returning letterwinners are juniors Adria Roberts and Cheyenne Parke and sophomore Chelsea Gill.
“I only have five girls this year so our first goal is to keep everyone injury free,” Daugherty said. “We also have two girls who are running cross country for the first time so they have a lot to learn during the first few meets. We finished better than I hoped last year, and while I it will be hard to replace Gabby (Fair) and Bailey (Brewer). I think if these girls work hard this season, they may do even better this year.”
Daugherty would like to see improvement at the CCC if the Railroaders can remain injury free.
Shane Snyder takes over as boys golf coach.
Graduating off last year’ team were Kyler Locker, Pat Wolf, KC Fout and Hunter Arnett.
Junior Alex Swabb is back.
“Alex (Swabb) is a talented golfer that will be able to compete in each match that he is in this year,” Snyder said.