The Ticonderoga girls cross country team returns, from left, Tabitha Taylor, Alaina Bevilacqua, Becky Barber, Hannah Herbst and Markie teRiele this season.
Sept. 10...Section VII Early Bird Invitational at Saranac
Sept. 13...Ti, AVCS, Beekmantown at Saranac lake
Sept. 16...AVCS, NCCS, Peru at Ti
Sept. 20...Ti, Lake Placid, Plattsburgh at AVCS
Sept. 27...AVCS, Seton, Saranac at Ti
Oct. 4...Ti, AVCS, Saranac Lake at Beekmantown
Oct. 11...Ti, NCCS, Peru at AVCS
Oct. 18...Ti, AVCS, Plattsburgh at Lake Placid
Oct. 25...Ti, AVCS, Saranac at Seton
Oct. 29...CVAC Meet at NCCS
Nov. 4...Section VII Meet at Elizabethtown
The Ticonderoga High School girls cross country returns three state qualifiers this fall, but depth will be a problem for the Sentinels.
Ti has just six girls on the roster.
“We have a good core of returning runners from last season,” Coach Brian Kiely said. “However, we will have to remain healthy in order to improve on last year’s record. Our biggest concern is lack of numbers. We are hoping to pick up some more girls as the season progresses.”
Ti posted a 5-12 mark in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference action in 2010.
Returning to the Sentinel club are Becky Barber, Alaina Bevilacqua, Hannah Herbst, Tabitha Taylor and Markie teRiele. New to the team is Emilee Namer.
Barber, Bevilacqua and Herbst all reached the state championship race last fall. Taylor would have, but was felled by illness the night before the section qualifying race.
“We have been pleased with the effort in practice so far,” Kiely said. “In order for our girls to be a factor in the CVAC we will have to run consistently and stay healthy. There are a number of girls teams that should be strong in the conference.”
This is a season of change for the Ticonderoga cross country program. Kiely has announced he will retire at the end of the season.
Jay Wells, who has coaches the Ti girls team the past several seasons, will coach the boys modified this fall in preparation for taking over the boys program in 2012.
Brittany McCarthy is serving as an intern coach with the girls team this season with the aim of taking over the girls program in 2012.