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MHS Boys Cross Country Eyes Improvement

First year head coach John Vanderkeyl wants to see the Milford boys cross-country team improve from where it was last season, and he feels he has the group of runners to accomplish that goal.
"Four of our top six guys are coming back," he said. "I am pretty excited about that I think there are plenty of teams we should be able to compete against and we want to challenge them and do better than we did last year."
Milford went winless in dual meets last year, and Vanderkeyl said he'd like at least two or three victories in 2015. Sophomore Jared Luce and junior Jack Kalil are expected to be the Scarlet Hawks' top two runners this year.
"Jared is really talented and has been a top 10 guy for us in the past," Vanderkeyl said. "This summer, he worked hard and ran with his two older brothers. He came in to the year in the best shape I have ever seen him.
"Jack is a young runner who is just talented," the head coach continued. "He can run for days and once he gets in shape, he will be very competitive. Those are the two best bets we have to make it to states."
In addition to the talented youngsters, Milford has a trio of seniors who should also be along the squad's faster runners. Tom Jacobson, Noah Richardson, and Ben Skiba are all four-year runners and guys Vanderkeyl said he can count on. The head coach also pointed out a couple of new runners, Brendan O'Shaunessy and Anthony DiStauro, who have been running strong in practices so far.
"We have a bunch of new kids and some of them might be able to place in some of our races, which is pretty exciting," Vanderkeyl said.
Vanderkeyl has worked with the cross-country program and the spring track program at Milford High for the past several seasons. Athletic Director Peter Boucher decided to hire a separate boys' coach for this season, and chose the North Middlesex graduate who used to compete against Milford when he was in high school. In the season's early days, he has been working his team through the late summer heat.
"I am proud of them for doing so well so far," he said, adding that the team has trained in the mornings on days when there is no school in an effort to run in some slightly cooler weather. "It's not easy running when it's 90 degrees and humid."
The early effort has the new coach eager to see how well his charges will do.
"It's pretty exciting," Vanderkeyl said. "I am looking forward to seeing how the season goes and improving from last season. I am confident we will get better."




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