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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Smyrna girls' Cross Country team has talent for another successful season

  • The Smyrna girls' Cross Country team is hoping to improve on last year's successful Cross Country season.
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  • The Smyrna Eagles girls' Cross Country team is a group of young and talented runners that should perform very well in the 2013 season. The group is coming off an impressive 8-3 record, and they lost only one senior due to graduation. Head Coach Jennifer Suarez said the team had the talent for another successful year. "We have four returning runners from last year, so my goal is for the girls to improve their times and to improve on their record. Overall, we were third on the Henlopen Conference, we won the Kent County meet, and we were sixth in the state meet. My hope is to finish in the top five in the states, and my goal is to build on the success from last year," she said. Suarez added that 2012 was the most successful season ever for a Smyrna girls' cross country team.
    The Lady Eagles will be led by senior Tori Vickers, who was First Team All-Henlopen Conference, First Team All-Kent County, and Third Team All-State. Other top returnees include senior Alyson Davis, junior Alanis Hernandez and sophomore Kiara Dollard. Suarez added that the team could get a boost from some talented underclassmen either this season or on 2014. The Eagles will once again face their toughest conference meets against Caesar Rodney, Dover and Milford High Schools.
    Suarez said the girls reported to the first practice in great condition. "I am very pleased that all of the girls reported in great shape. They were given an off-season work-out program and I'm happy they took it seriously. I'm sure that dedication will help us be successful during the season," she said.
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