By: Quinn Brosnahan
The Brother Rice Cross Country season is off and running. After a strong 2015 season, the squad is setting their goals even higher. The team will need its leaders to step up if they want to have another successful year. Seniors Jack Mongan, Justin Frias, and Joe Sweeney will play critical roles in the team’s success. All three of these men have been members of the varsity team since their freshmen year. When Mongan was asked what his goals are for this year, he said, “I think the main goal is to send a team down state. We fell just short last year, so all of us are extra-motivated.” The varsity roster is significantly smaller than most other schools, and at some point in the season, Coach Wazio is expected to bring up several underclassmen to compete at the varsity level. Although this may not seem ideal, Mongan has a lot of faith in his teammates and says that the small roster has pushed the guys to work even harder.
Joe Sweeney will look to qualify for state as an individual for his second consecutive year. His best 3 mile time is 15:40. Sweeney owes a lot of his success to the intense training sessions that the Brother Rice coaching staff puts him through. In an average week of practice, Sweeney runs a total of 45-60 miles. The coaches are doing a great job of keeping the team members on task.
Mongan and Sweeney will do everything they can to make their last season at Brother Rice a memorable one. Mongan reflected on what this upcoming season means to him and said, “Now that I am a senior, I feel like I have a larger responsibility to be a leader on the team and set a good example for some of the younger guys.” Hopefully, the team will make something happen this year.