Despite having a small roster of runners this fall, the Pirates boy’s cross country team will be a tough opponent to beat at each meet. There are nine runners on this year’s squad, with just two seniors.
Head coach Dan Fourney will be relying on youth in 2015 when the season gets underway on September 15. Of the nine runners on the roster, four are sophomores and one is a freshman.
Coming off a season in which the Pirates went 13-2, Cinnaminson will look to continue a strong tradition of stellar running seasons in 2015. The squad graduated only two seniors last year.
“My top three are a very, very good top three,” Fourney said. “Two sophomores and a junior. The top three are really looking strong.”
The top three for boy’s cross country this season will be Mike Ungvarsky, Max Adams and Justin Arnold.
“All three of them had very good track seasons last year and I’m hoping that parlays into a good cross country season,” Fourney said.
“These guys got excited for what they did in the spring and worked hard all summer long for the fall. An expression in running is that races are run in September, October and November, but they are won in June, July and August. If you don’t do your training in the summer, you’re not going to do well in the season. These guys worked hard all summer long.”
The Pirates will have all of their meets on the road this year due to the construction at the high school.
“Running’s running. We actually get lucky because Delran and Holy Cross never get any home meets. We are lucky that we usually do get them. We go to New Egypt three times and Northern Burlington four times. Actually, four times at New Egypt because the division meet is held there.”
Within the Pirates division, their toughest competition will come from Maple Shade.
“We beat them every time last year until the sectionals and they beat us at the sectionals. They had a young crew last year. They are losing two of their top seven. A lot of their team last year was young. They are bringing back a lot of guys. They will be our main competition in the division.”
In regards to the rest of the schedule, Fourney named Rancocas Valley and Moorestown as other top competitors. They were the only two teams to beat Cinnaminson in the regular season in 2014.
The Pirates open the 2015 season on Tuesday, September 15 at New Egypt for a batch meet at 3:45pm.