Spring Hill College's Head Cross Country Coach Joe Williams finds himself entering uncharted terrain for the 2010 season. "This is a season of unknowns," he says. "We're moving to the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) so it's hard to say how we'll match up against the new competition."
Williams also faces numerous changes to his men's roster with half of his squad consisting of new faces. "I guess the phrase I would use is ‘cautiously optimistic' to describe how I feel about this season," he says. "Junior Will Kirkikis from Kenner, La. will be our leader, but our two freshmen, Fritz Boudreaux from Pensacola, Fla., and Brennan Gaffney of St. Louis, Mo., should appear in our top five finishers consistently."
"I'm pleased with the positive energy the men have shown in the early workouts," says Williams. "They are ready to race and it's been hard to hold them back. My job so far this year has been keeping them from wearing themselves out."
Williams, now in his second season as the SHC coach, also expects big results from his two team captains, senior Sean Christie of New Orleans, La., and sophomore Thomas Kinsey of Fairhope, Ala. Both runners were chosen All-Conference in 2009 and Williams sees them continuing to improve with every event.
The Spring Hill men's and women's teams open the 2010 season on Saturday morning at the Radisson Hotel Wolfpack Classic at Lafreniere Park in Metairie, La., with the women beginning at 8 a.m. and the men at 8:35 a.m.