2013 Pomeroy Cross Country Season Preview

Sept. 11, 2013

After a runner-up finish a year ago at the USCAA National Championships, the Pomeroy cross country team has their sights set on having another successful season in hopes of bringing home a national title for the third time in the past five seasons.  Since the program began in 2009, SMWC has finished no lower than third place at the national meet.

The 2013 new-look Pomeroy team features four returning runners from last year’s team and three newcomers.  The lone senior and 2010 USCAA National Champion Logan Fry returns for her final season in a Pomeroy uniform.  Also returning are junior Corianna Frederick, and sophomores Erin Harnett and Sarah Hudson.   

The Pomeroys add three newcomers to this year’s roster.  Stephanie Garringer, Sarah Wichman, and Kelsey Wright will all be wearing Pomeroy blue for the first time as they begin their collegiate running careers.  Head coach Danelle Readinger knows the importance that each of them will bring to this season’s success.  “During the recruiting process and summer I explained to them that they were needed, important, and part of the team.  As different as each of them are, we all have a common goal: being our best each day so we can be our best at nationals."

Head coach Danelle Readinger returns for her fifth season and will work alongside assistant coach Aaron Ballenger who is also returning for his fifth season.  Nicole Nyers will take a new role on the team this year and will be the team’s manager. 

After losing last year’s USCAA National Champion Stephanie Runyon to graduation and a strong senior class, Readinger is still very upbeat about this year’s team and its returning runners.  “Every year is new.  Each girl provides different coaching techniques and strategy,” said Readinger. “I always feel if I coach the individual while including the group then they all know the strengths and weaknesses of each other, which allows us to lean on one another, trust one another, and grow.  With this growth we become stronger as a group.  Logan though our lone senior is a big part of our teams communicator and a good leader.  She has grown into an amazing women, and strong competitor on the course.  She leads quietly, while supporting her teammates.”

Readinger couldn’t be more thrilled about the 2013 season and cannot wait to get started.  “I am excited for the season.  I love the sport, and love watching each athlete grow.  I am truly blessed to have such a great supportive, loving, motivated group!   I am looking forward to personal records this year!”