Memorial Chargers Boys and Girls Cross Country

Coach’s Note

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Boys:

The 2019 boys’ cross-country team has lost major contributors to last year’s success. However, the athletes have been logging summer mileage, which will help as we look toward the 2019 season. The 2019 team is still talented, but it will not be as deep as the 2018 team. As a result, it is going to be most important to make sure nobody gets injured. At this point, the team is only 6 to 7 runners deep; last year’s team was 10 runners deep. So, one of the main focuses of the 2019 campaign will be working to stay healthy. 

The boys’ team worked really hard last year and completed a most successful season. The young men put in the miles during the summer, and their hard work paid off with a 9-1 season, which was capped off with an NLC Championship title, Sectional title, and Regional Title. The boys’ team then competed in the Semi-State meet for the first time in over a decade. It will be difficult to replicate the success of last season; however, with a core of young men who have been running all summer, we will at least have a shot to have a good season. As always, one of the important things in terms of the boys’ cross-country program is the continuity between the middle school programs and Elkhart Memorial’s program. Much of our success starts well below the high school level, and this is a testament to the middle school coaches. The overall goals of the program remain constant:(1) have each student-athlete improve by the end of the season, (2) compete well during the NLC round-robin portion of the season, and (3) compete as well as possible in the NLC Championship Meet and the state series. It is going to be gratifying watching the 2019 boys’ cross-country campaign.

 

Girls:

The 2019 girls’ cross-country team has lost a couple of major contributors to last year’s success. However, the athletes have been logging summer mileage, which will help as we look toward the 2019 season. Last year the girls’ team was only 7 runners deep; so, staying healthy was a major focus. This year’s team will also be extremely thin in terms of the top seven. Morgan Dyer placed seventh in last year’s Cross-Country State meet will be fun to watch during the 2019 campaign. Once again, the main focus of the 2019 girls’ cross-country team will be working to stay healthy. 

The girls’ team worked really hard last year and completed a most successful season. The young ladies put in the miles during the summer, and their hard work paid off with a 9-1 season, which was capped off with a Sectional title. The girls’ team placed 3rd in the Regional meet and competed hard in Semi-State meet. It will be difficult to replicate the success of last season; however, with a core of runners who have been running all summer, we will at least have a shot to have a good season. As always, one of the important things in terms of the girls’ cross-country program is the continuity between the middle school programs and Elkhart Memorial’s program. Much of our success starts well below the high school level, and this is a testament to the middle school coaches. The overall goals of the program remain constant:(1) have each student-athlete improve by the end of the season, (2) compete well during the NLC round-robin portion of the season, and (3) compete as well as possible in the NLC Championship Meet and the state series. It is going to be gratifying watching the 2019 girls’ cross-country campaign.

 

Adam Homo, Head Coach

 

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Coach’s Bio

Adam has led the boys cross country team to a 39-97 record over the course of eleven seasons, and the girls cross country team to a 56-70 record over the course of fourteen seasons.

For girls cross country, Adam has guided the teams to City Champions honors 9 times and a Sectional title last year (2018).  He has had 4 teams reach the Regional meet, and 2 teams have reached the Semi-State meet. Looking at the individual side of cross-country, the Chargers have had 11 individuals move on to the Regional meet.  Also, the Chargers have also had 6 individuals make it to the Semi-State meet. Sierra Moore earned the right to compete in the State meet 3 consecutive years, earning All-State honors her final two years as a Charger. Morgan Dyer has earned All-State honors the previous two years (2017 and 2018) at the State Cross-Country Meet. Last year Morgan finished 7th at the State meet, the highest finish of any female runner from Elkhart.

For boys cross country, Adam has guided the teams to City Champions honors 6 times. Last year the team won the NLC Conference, won Sectional, and won Regional. He has had 3 teams reach the Regional meet, and 1 team reach the Semi-State meet.  Looking at the individual side of cross-country, the Chargers have had 11 individuals move on to the Regional meet. Also, the Chargers have also had 5 individuals make it to the Semi-State meet.

Adam is high on the future of the Charger Cross-Country program.  The runners are now willing to put in summer mileage, which directly translates into program success.  As the merging of the teams becomes reality, the future is bright for Elkhart High School cross-country.