Brescia men's cross country coach Alan Schulze has his hands full in his second year at the helm. "Last year we had a strong group that took 3rd in the KIAC," said Schulze, adding, "unfortunately we did not run our best that day and are determined to improve."
Although Matt Lowe has now graduated, there is a strong team of returners eager to get back in contention for a KIAC title. Senior Andrew Beams leads a young group with junior Austin Curtis as the only upperclassmen, however, a strong group of sohpomores, Drew Atkins, Troy Lampkin, Jared Daugherty, Trey Drury are ready to prove their mettle. Schulze says, "Andrew and Austin will come into the year vying for National Championship spots. A pleasant surprise has been Drew, he's finally realized he's not just a track athelte and is in phenomenal shape. Jared had a fine indoor season before he went down due to an injury, but should bounce back fine. Trey made huge improvements in outdoor season and we hope he continues this trend."
Replacing All-American Matt Lowe is not an easy task but he feels his newcomers can also come in to four great years at Brescia. Cody Roach, Will Strickland, and Micheal Dowell join the Bearcats with sights on helping the program grow into a contender. Schulze says, "I couldn't be happier with the three new faces that will run for us this year. All three have passion for the sport, incredible work ethic, and supreme talent. They will be a force together in years to come."
This years' meet schedule features Brescia returning to Notre Dame for the National Catholic Championships. "I take it as an honor to our institution for us to be at that meet," adds Schulze.
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