Small in numbers but loaded with talent, Torrington Cross Country teams look to compete in 2015.
TORRINGTON: When the Torrington Cross Country team kicks off their 2015 campaign a week from today (September 15) they may not have the largest numbers on the boys or girls team but with some high quality runners, still hope to make noise in the always competitive Naugatuck Valley League.
Head coach Drake Waldron, now entering his 36th year at the helm for the Raiders (404-263), has some talent returning and a couple of very special runners, led by senior Shadow Pereira on the boys side while fellow senior Ashlynn Cook and junior Gabrielle Vega look to anchor a talented girls squad.
The boys finished the 2014 season with a disappointing 3-10 mark while the girls fared better at 7-6.
Along with Pereira, Torrington features seniors Ryan Cooper and Jacob Galeazzi, one junior in Mike Galen and a pair of sophomores in Josh Nadeau and Bill Weber.
“The boys’ team has a good nucleus returning from last year,” Waldron said, “Shadow Pereira is our number one runner and looks very good this year.”
On the girls’ team, four sophomores join Cook and Vega. Catherine Butrick, Anna Clinkscales, Ariana Santos and Carlee Greene round out the team.
“The girls also have a good core group led by Cook and Vega,” Waldren said, “They have the potential to be very good.”
Torrington kicks off the season at Oxford in a four team meet that features Kennedy, Derby and the hosts, Oxford.