The Crestwood Cross Country program is coming into its own under coach Rob Moulton; and with some strong underclassmen, expectations are high for the next several seasons
This is Moulton’s 4th year as head coach, and he has used his time to build team expectations and create a team culture of dedication and determination. Moulton says that this has been one of the best years in terms of team cohesion, with both upper and underclassmen stepping into leadership roles in both the Varsity and Junior High programs. It is this team culture and cohesion that Moulton believes will carry through the next several years.
“There are some things that come with coaching experience,” explained Moulton. “Rules, expectations and philosophies that we needed to set. A lot of that is then set by leadership from the kids by being a good example for the younger runners.”
The regular season record for the entire program was impressive: Junior High boys:15-2; girls:13-4. The Varsity girls: 10-8; boys: 14-4. Moulton relates that while talent certainly plays a role, he has also seen great improvement in the dedication of the runners; a characteristic that he believes is mostly responsible for wins on the course and overall success of a program.
“Hopefully, with good leadership, runners realize that while this is very much a team sport, each meet is an opportunity to be as good as you want to be,” remarked Moulton. “It depends on your personal dedication.”
That type of dedication is what Moulton credits as the greatest part of success of several of his top runners this year. Three varsity boys qualified for the state tournament in Hershey this year: seniors Clay Kimsal and Matt Brunetti, and freshman Kyle Price. Kimsal finished 37th out of 240 runners, while Brunetti and Price finished in the mid 100’s-all excellent places in a large field of the best runners in the state on what has been described as a very tough course. That dedication is what Moulton believes builds runners and teams.