The Smyrna boys cross country team is coming off a successful 2012 campaign which featured an 8-4 record in dual meet competitions. Head Coach Jennifer Suarez said the hopes and expectations are that the team will improve over last year. "We lost a few runners to graduation, but we're hoping to get some more runners from the successful spring track team, and we're hoping for some freshman to come out for the team. So if they pick up where they left off in the spring, we should be better this year," she said. "The team's 2012 record was a big improvement over the previous year," she added.
This year's squad is led by junior Gabe Mojica, who earned Honorable Mention-Henlopen Conference honors last fall. Senior Ryan Stypinski is also expected to have a break-out year in his final season with the Eagles.
Last year the team was 5th in the Henlopen Conference and finished 4th in the Kent County meet.
The boys were given an off-season conditioning program, but apparently were not as highly committed as the girls squad, who's members reported in excellent running shape.
Suarez is hoping with the addition of some new underclassmen, the team will be able to finish in the top three in the conference and slip into the top ten rankings in the state. "This team is a work in progress. They are young but full of talent and could surprise a lot of teams this year, if they work hard," she said.