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Brevard XC Shows Promise At Eye Opener In Spartanburg


September 6, 2018

Photo courtesy of Chris Dauster

Abdi Green (No. 349) and Will Coye (No. 344) helped pace the Blue Devils, with Coye finishing ninth and Green placing 52nd. The boys' side finished 12th overall.

On a brutally hot and humid Saturday morning in Spartanburg, S.C., the Blue Devils cross country team flashed some serious potential.

As they have been for the last two years, the boys were led by Will Coye.

The senior ran a season's best time of 17:09 in swampy conditions to place ninth out of almost 450 athletes in the championship division.

Dylan Sasser was the big surprise in 26th, his time of 17:47 just a few seconds off his lifetime best.

Brevard also got a strong showing from freshmen Abdi Green (52nd – 18:15) and Knox Witherspoon (134th – 19:27), with DaCota Dysinger the final scorer in at 199th pace (20:03).

"It can be dangerous to make assumptions about November when the calendar has barely flipped to September," said head coach Philip Latter, "but the signs are looking really good right now that we could be at the beginning of a really amazing season. That starts with the consistency and leadership of Will and the big-play ability Dylan has shown. They're acting as great role models for our young squad."

As a team, Brevard placed 12th out of 54 teams, behind mostly 3A and 4A schools from North and South Carolina.

The ladies ran their full squad for the first time and the results were promising.

Lillie Siniard led the way in 45th (21:42) with Madeline Dierauf (21:58) just behind her in 56th.

Alyssa Lefler was third on the team in 22:12 (65th place), while the freshman duo of Emma Coye (23:14) and Hannah-Grace Casey (23:51) rounded out the squad.

Photo courtesy of Chris Dauster

Brevard's Emma Coye finished fourth on the team as the Lady Blue Devils placed 13th at last weekend's race.

"For us to be as competitive as we've been with the unfortunate health we've had is nothing short of amazing," said Latter. "This team is going to shock some people at the end of the year, that's for sure. These girls just go out there and give it everything they have, and that's going to start clicking in a big way soon."

The ladies placed 13th out of 46 teams overall.

Both the boys and girls are currently ranked No. 1 in the conference and region. The boys currently sit fifth in the state rankings; the girls are seventh.

"We just use those rankings as a barometer of where we are in relation to where we want to be," says Latter. "It's great reinforcement, for sure. It tells the team their hard work is paying off. Now it's just a matter of getting a little better each day."


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