By Ray Hamill — The College of the Redwoods cross country season has been delayed because of the statewide smoke conditions, but when the Corsairs do get going it is expected to be a successful fall.
The Corsairs have eight men competing this season, including recent Eureka grads Ian Bennett and Thomas Beccanon, and they feature a deep lineup that should be among the best in the Golden Valley Conference.
“Our guys team is outstanding this year,” longtime head coach Reed Elmore said. “I think they’re the best team I’ve ever had here.”
Leading the way are returners Kyle Byrne and Sean Dugdale, who both enjoyed an impressive spring with the team and are expected to be even better this season.
Joining them are Bennett and Becannon, each of whom also enjoyed a big spring season in the H-DNL, finishing second and sixth, respectively, in March’s league championships.
“That’s a solid four,” Elmore said. “They’re fast and they’ve got a big upside, and what we’re trying to do is get them to work together.”
In addition, this year’s team also features new recruit Henry Lamb, who grew up in Portland but whose mother, Susan Hashem, graduated from McKinleyville High.
When asked if he believes the men’s team can compete for a GVC championships, Elmore said, “Definitely. They can get get to state.”
The CR women’s team, meanwhile, has six runners this season, including standout Maggie Stacy from Fortuna.
Joining Stacy is Eureka’s Kristin Bonomini, who has opted to run cross country for the team after competing in track for the Corsairs in the spring.