Approach the cross country head coaches about whether their teams this year are a cut above their squads from last year, and their retorts are startlingly quick.
“We’re clearly better than last year,” said men’s coach Nathan Taylor.
“I think it’s a better team,” echoed women’s coach Lou Duesing.
After promising postseason finishes last year — the men took fourth at Heps and second at IC4As, the women placed fourth at Heps and third at ECACs — aspirations should be higher this season considering both teams’ depth and veteran leadership.
“We should be strong up front and deeper with the number of people returning and the freshmen,” Duesing said.
Despite losing Kim Chatman ’01 and Meredith Freimer ’01 to graduation, the women sport several of the Ivy League’s top runners in addition to what Duesing calls a “tremendous supporting cast.”
The triumvirate who should anchor the women are junior Carlan Gray, senior Lena Mathews and sophomore Jessica Parrott —