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Beaver Girls Running Away in
Cross Country

It hasn't been too hard for Valley Tech cross country coach Corey Guerra to figure out who to expect first, second, and third among his strong group of runners this season--Patterson, Morin, Moloney.
The trio of Hayley Patterson, Jen Morin, and Jess Moloney has anchored a Beavers' cross country team that is out to a strong start and has the potential to win the league title. Patterson, a junior, has checked in first at every meet this season with her sophomore teammate Morin finishing second. Moloney, only a freshman has had a breakout season and checked in third against rival Parker Charter.
"These girls love to run, their dedication to the sport is what makes them so good," said Guerra. "They know to run during the summer, to do both speed workouts and regular runs, as well as the importance of stretching. They are all good athletes to begin with but their commitment puts them over the top."
Patterson has been a star since she began her running career two years ago. She won the state vocational meet in each of the past two seasons and took home the league title last year. "Running is what she wants to do," said Guerra. "She is one of those kids who is always trying to get better and always trying to get faster."
Morin finished second at both the state vocational and league meets last season with only her teammate Patterson posting faster times. In cross country dual meets, the boys and girls typically run at the same time. Patterson and Morin have often been able to distance themselves from the pack, using only each other or some of the boys' competitors to set the pace. The two are slated to compete in the state meet later this fall.
The emergence of Moloney has added to the overall depth of the team. Her third place finish against Parker Charter helped the Beavers to a win over the defending league champs for the first time this season. It will also put BVT in a good position to win the league meet. "I think we could see all three girls finish first, second, and third in the league meet," said Guerra. "We could potentially put all three in the top give at the state voke meet as well."
Guerra said the strong performances by his top runners have made the entire team stronger. "You can see it in the other girls," he said. "They are motivated to train harder because they see those three run so well."
The Beavers typically log 30 miles of running per week between meets, distance workouts, and speed workouts, but no one has seemed to mind putting in the effort. "They know the end result if they run hard now," said Guerra. "They all know to put the time end effort now and where it is going to get them in the end."




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