Sep 6, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Men's Cross Country team begins its 2013 season on Saturday as it travels to Oxford, Ohio for a meet with the Miami RedHawks. The race begins at 10:30 a.m.
The Bobcats enter the year following a seventh-place finish in the 2012 Mid-American Conference championship. This season, the young Bobcat squad will look to improve on last year's finish with return of several key returnees and some young talent.
"We've got the potential to be in the top three or the top five positions this season," said head coach Clay Calkins, "We'll have to see where we compete and see where the other teams are as far as progress, but I like what we have this year."
Calkins on the team's outlook...
"Well obviously we're going to try to win, and everybody's going to have to stay healthy. It's a short time frame as far as number of weeks go, but it can be a long season when you're trying to keep people healthy."
Jacob Stephens, Jarrod Genther and Kurt Steinmuller consecutively finished second, third, and fourth on the team at the 2012 MAC Championships. This season the trio of Bobcats will be looked upon as this year's team leaders following the departure of former Bobcat Tyler Ames.
"Jacob Stephens has made the biggest jump this year coming off of last year's season. He's going to be our `go-to' guy, he and Jarrod Genther. Jarrod also has done a great job in the offseason. Kurt Steinmuller, too, has made a big jump this offseason. The guys really worked hard and made a commitment in the offseason to training and are in good shape."
Michael McKean, Andrew Savage, Alex Wind and Kody Wolfe are the four newest members to the Bobcat men cross country program. Coach Calkins believes all four can contribute this season.
"The freshmen that came in this fall did a lot of work in the offseason. They came in in shape and have done a great job so far. They're going to be fine and we've got a good group of hardworking young men. They're going to be great."
Closing Thoughts from Calkins...
"It's going to be a tough field. The guys are in shape, and when you can hopefully back it up in a solid top three or a top five finish, you can do great things. We're not losing a lot of runners this upcoming year. So if they can do really well this year and they do their work in the offseason, they're going to be all set for next year. It's a very exciting time in men's cross country."