Boys Cross Country: Team shoots for states with depth, experienced coaching

The Boys Cross Country team has one of the most tenured cross country coaches in the state and a deep roster. Will this lead them to states?

Middletown boys Cross Country team is coming out once again with a big team. Every year Middletown Cross County boys and girls come out with a large team and it makes quite the statement.

This year the girls have a small team, but the boys once again never fail to come out with a big team with many boys fighting for that varsity spot.

“We have a lot of young talent which will be good for this year and the future for Middletown Cross Country team,” Said Junior Brent Leber. “But, its not only that, we also have many talented returning runners.”

Still after many many years the coaches remain to be the Boyers, Don and Sharon. The Boyers love what they do and really have a craze for the sport.

“We are very hopeful about this season,” Said Coach Don Boyer. “We have one of our better teams that we have had in 10 years.”

Running as a whole takes a lot of strength and endurance but it’s not only that, it’s mostly the mentality of it. Middletown boys Cross Country are focused on the season and their main goals.

“Our goal is to do the best we can.” Says Don.

“Our team goal is to have all 7 varsity runners make it to states,” Said Brent Leber. “ That would really be a great accomplishment for us.”

The Knights Cross Country team have many new members but, mainly are young. Chris Lloyd ,16 years old, comes out for the team this year while the past years he has played football. Chris played guard and middle line backer.

“I decided not to play football this year and I wanted to do something so I thought Cross Country would best fit me.” Said Chris Lloyd. “The difference is the team is more important at practice for Cross country where you have your teammates to push you to get better, while team in football is important all the time but mainly at games.”

This year Boonsboro has moved to 2A. This will be difficult because Boonsboro is a good team and will give them more tough opponents along with Urbana, Catoctin, Governor Thomas Johnson, and Linganore.

Brandon Folio was tenth in the county last year while Brent Leber was seventeenth in the county. These are both two returning runners that have worked very hard this summer and are hoping to achieve great things this season.

“We have higher quality this year for varsity and many good returning members.” Said Brandon Folio.

Brent Leber will be taking about three weeks off in the beginning of the season due to a foot injury.

“I did a lot of cross-training and physical therapy this summer to try and get healthy.” Said Brent Leber.

The Boys have a great attitude and are ready to go out and do the best that they can.