Key dates, team capsules
Significant datesThursday, Oct. 13Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam All-Island Cross-Country Championship, Nimitz Hill Golf Course, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools championship cross-country meet at Tama Hills Recreation Center, Tokyo, 9 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 21-Saturday, Oct. 222010 Asia-Pacific Invitational meet, site to be determined, Guam.
Saturday, Oct. 22Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Japan meet, Robert D. Edgren High School, Misawa Air Base, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26Okinawa Activities Council district finals, Kadena, Kubasaki, Okinawa Christian International and Zion Christian Academy at site to be determined, 3:45 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference championship cross-country meet, International Christian-Uijongbu, 10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 7-Tuesday, Nov. 8Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific Far East High School Cross-Country Meet, Tama Hills Recreation Center, Tokyo.
Team capsules Division I
Kadena Panthers, Kadena Air BaseCoach — Tom McKinney, ninth season, eight Okinawa Activities Council titles, four Far East meet team titles.Key performers — Boys, Brad Davies, Sr. (16th at Far East last year); Andrew Kilkenny, So. (18th at Far East); Nick Rogers, Sr. Girls, Rachel Burchill, So. (ninth at Far East); Ana Hernandez, So. (sixth at Far East).Overview — Always contending, for both the league and Far East team titles, but this time with plenty of youth and not as much experience as in years gone by. Still, McKinney has always found a way.
Kubasaki Dragons, Camp FosterCoach — Paul Campbell, 10th season.Key performers — Boys, Nick Barker, Sr. (17th at Far East); Michael Brown, So. (11th at Far East); Erik Armes, Fr.; Alex Otero, Fr.; Calvin Brown, Sr.; Dalton Atkinson, Jr. Girls, Colleen Gannon, Sr. (10th at Far East); Alle Robles, So. (12th at Far East); Riley Neary, Fr.Overview — Perpetually rebuilding. Dragons lose a lot each year, but always have new people to help out, Campbell says.
Guam High Panthers, Agana HeightsCoach — Joseph Taitano, sixth season.Key performers — Boys, Ethan Russ, Fr.; Aaron Russ, Fr.; Calvin Leonen, Sr.; Travis Martin, Sr.; Richard Wood, Sr. Girls, Emma Martin, So. (all-island in 2010); Isabella Oveido, Jr. (all-island in 2010), Quincy Tougher, Jr. (all-island in 2010).Overview — Reloading. The Russ twins have shown promise early on. Panthers again began season 3-0 in both boys and girls standings, and are hoping again for a top-three island finish, top five in the Asia-Pacific Invitational and similarly at Far East, Taitano said.
Seoul American Falcons, Yongsan GarrisonCoach — Steve Boyd, fourth season.Key performers — Boys, Eugene Stayt, Sr.; Ryan Parker, Fr.; Brandon Lee, Fr.; Zach Taylor, Fr. Girls, Amanda Henderson, Sr. (reigning Far East individual 3.1-mile race champion); Pam Henderson, Fr. (second at Far East); Monica Paulk, So.; Sally Lee, Jr.; Kelsey Scott, Jr. (transfer from Yokota); Audrey Yang, Jr.Overview — Boys rebuilding, girls contending. Henderson sisters headline a girls squad with plenty of underclass depth and promise. Boys are stocked with freshmen who give Boyd plenty of hope for the future.
Yokota Panthers, Yokota Air BaseCoach — Vincent Szilagyi, sixth season.Key performers — Boys, Seth Wall, Sr.; Michael Falkner, Sr.; Noah Swygert, Sr.; Tyler Parsons, Jr.; Micah Swygert, So.; Nate Elking, Jr.; Sean Kavanaugh, Jr.. Girls, Abigail Wall, Jr. (14th at Far East); Gabby Baker, Sr.; Mindy Adams, So. (transfer from Kadena); Katelyn Sult, Jr.Overview — Boys contending, girls reloading-contending. Just one top-20 Far East finisher returns, but the squad is loaded with experience from top to bottom and should give folks a good run.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils, Yokosuka Naval BaseCoach — Rich Ringling, first season (coached nine years at St. Maur International).Key performers — Boys, Robert Beard, Jr. Girls, Carydaliz Fontanez, So.Overview — Rebuilding. Ringling inherits a very young, small group that retains rising star Fontanez, but lost senior Marcus Boehler to football.
Zama American Trojans, Camp Zama/Naval Air Facility AtsugiCoach — Spencer Harber, first season.Key performers — Boys, Sam Bishop, Fr.; Derek Stephenson, Jr. Girls, Jasmine Quinn, Jr.; Grace Gardner, Jr.; Maia Brumage, Jr.; Silvia Dykstra, Jr.; Steven Dykstra, So.Overview — Rebuilding. Trojans begin season with third coach in three years, but Harber sees plenty of potential and growth among this lot; could contend for Division II individual and team honors.
Matthew C. Perry Samurai, Marine Corps Air Station IwakuniCoach — DeWayne Pigge’, first season.Key performers — Boys, Matthew Smith, Sr.,; Kyle Gilmer, So.; Yasuki Milsop, Jr.. Girls, Nikki Genzer, Jr.; Lexie Krenek, So.Overview - Rebuilding. Pigge’ becomes Samurai’s sixth coach in six seasons. Plenty of youth with much potential.
E.J. King Cobras, Sasebo Naval BaseCoach — Tom Heitstuman, eighth season.Key performers — Boys, Kento Reynolds, So.; Kiyoshi Reynolds, Sr.; Juan Juvera, Sr. Girls, Rachel Poluhowich, Sr.; Tara Long, Jr.; Lillian Noah, Sr.; Jessica Poluhowich, So.Overview — Rebuilding. Heitstuman expects his Cobras to run somewhere in the middle of the Division II pack.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles, Misawa Air Base, JapanCoach — Andre Thibert, ninth season.Key performers — Boys, T.J. Adamson, Jr.; Wesley Belleman, Jr; James Pollock, Fr.; Forrest Rodeman, Jr.. Girls, Jordan Schwartz, Jr.; Carolyn Patton, Sr.; Madeline Cotten, So.; Elaine Cotten, So. (twin transfers from Texas); Taylor Rinehart, Fr.Overview — Boys rebuilding, girls reloading-contending. Texas move-ins provide depth and experience on the girls side. Thibert had 29 runners try out, more than he’s ever had.
Osan American Cougars, Osan Air BaseCoach — Michelle Mundy, first season.Key performers — Boys, Stephen Corlew, So. (moves over from football); Jacob Brazeau, So.; James McGovern, Jr.; Micah Greaney, So. Girls, Nicole Solmonson, Sr. (back from a year in the States, 12th at Far East in 2009 with Osan and 2008 with Seoul American).Overview — Rebuilding. Second new coach in three seasons, Mundy plans to look forward to watching each runner and the team improve.