|MEET THE TANKS
Adrian Ross - FR
Mark Flury - SR
Ryan Valentine - JR
Corey Martin - SR
Sammy Holbert - SO
Alex Buckalew - SR
Zane Taylor - SO
|Saturday, November 1st
Division-II Boys Race
Division-II Girls Race
Taylor Hatfield, ZT
Zane Trace's Taylor Hatfield is the final
runner on the girls side in the SVC, and the
freshman star has been on quite a "run" this
season. Winner of the Ross County Meet
and the SVC League Meet, Hatfield has
dominated the area and is now ready to
take on the elite from throughout the
"Being a first year cross country runner, she
has been eager to learn as much as she can
about running from her teammates and her
coaches as well," said ZT head coach
Jennifer Moore. "Having older, more
experienced teammates to serve as mentors
has been a big part of Taylor's success.
Megan Roll and Lydia Weaver in particular
have helped Taylor to understand how to
truly compete in cross country. In fact,
Megan and Lydia have continued to
practice with Taylor this week to help her
prepare for the State meet on Saturday.
They will no doubt give Taylor a bit of
insight into what it is like to race at Scioto
Hatfield will take off at 2:05 this Saturday,
and she will be running out of the "E-1" lane
on the starting line.
"Anywhere on the line at Scioto Downs is a
good starting position because it means
you've earned the right to race with some of
the best high school runners in the nation,"
said Moore. "Ohio is always one of the top
states for high school cross country, and to
be in the elite company of the DII field at the
State meet is a huge honor!
"It's always tough to predict where an
individual will place in a cross country race
because courses have so many different
variables (hills, weather, mud, etc.)," Moore
continued. "I know Taylor will give nothing
less than her best effort no matter what, and
with her teammates and supporters spread
out along the course to cheer her on,
hopefully she will reach her full potential at
the state meet."
SVCsportszone.com would like to wish
Taylor the best of luck this weekend at
As the 2008 Unioto Cross Country team prepares to make
the program's sixth-straight trip to the state, their leader is
quick to remember the previous teams, the work ethic of
this team, and the combination of expectations and tradition
that has come from those two things.
"I have been blessed with great kids the past few years,"
said Coach Paxton when asked about the key to this
amazing stretch of years. "The older kids work hard and
learn leadership from the those before them and pass it on
to the younger guys. It is really about the expectations and
Even with all the fine runners that make up Unioto's team,
the best thing about this group when talking to Paxton is the
fact that they truly are a team.
"There are no egos on this team and I can tell them honest
what they have to do without them getting defensive or
down on themselves," said Paxton. That is such a rare
thing with a team. All our kids are good runners, and they
all trust each other and are really tough and dedicated.
That makes the team an honor to coach.
"Some years we have one inconsistent kid who may be
talented but doesn't really get what it takes," Paxton
continued. "This year has been so different in that way.
They have exceeded all expectations this year, because
they work hard and know there is no superstars to pick up
the slack for them after our first two runners left last year.
Hopefully this group will pass on whatever they have found
this year that has caused them to take an average team and
become competitors, because it has been unique and fun to
Unioto will race at 11:50 Saturday morning. The Shermans
will start out of the "U" starting position.
SVCsportszone.com would like to wish Unioto the best of
luck this weekend at Scioto Downs.