Titans return faster and stronger

11/12/2009 14:26

New coach promises a better future

Mike Partee

Issue date: 11/12/09 Section: Sports
 
New Cross Country Coach John Scholl looks forward to a winning season in 2010.
Media Credit: John Scholl
New Cross Country Coach John Scholl looks forward to a winning season in 2010.
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In LCC's last meet at Clackamas Oct. 31, MaCayla Claver placed second in the 5,000m course with a time of 19:24 and led LCC to the NWAACC Southern Region Cross Country Championships women's title. A final score of 31 was enough to clinch the women's title leaving Mount Hood trailing in second place with 60 points.

Some would say that this has been a rebuilding year for LCC's cross-country team. LCC coach John Scholl would be inclined to agree.

Scholl is a former athlete from the University of Arkansas and a veteran coach with experiences from the universities of Arizona and Texas. He inherited a cross country team that was formed by director Grady O'Connor.

"Overall, I think this season's goal was getting everybody used to the turn over to me as coach," Scholl said.

"Sickness was a major issue that we were forced to train through," Scholl said. "Everyone knew coming into this season that it was all about our upcoming meet in Vancouver on Nov. 14th at the NWAACC tournament. We really haven't been competing with a lot of depth this year because we have been conserving our strength and keeping our injuries light in preparation for the NWAACCs."

With the Vancouver meet left, Scholl is losing sophomore runners Travis Stevens, Andrea Gruber and Anne Hagy, but Cesar Perez and Claver should continue to make strong showings next season.

The Titan men finished in second, a single point behind Clark. Travis Stevens finished just ahead of Perez to clinch the individual title. His time on the 8000m course was 25:55. "It was a rocky year for our men's team which ends a seven-year stretch of winning seasons," O'Connor stated.

Scholl is already making plans for next year. "We are going to recruit as much as possible and we are going to build a winning program," he said. "If anyone wants to come out and compete with us they have to be committed to a higher level of training."

Scholl is always looking for new talent, and advises anyone interested to contact him at (541) 463-5327.