BRISTOL - The Bristol Central boys and girls cross country teams are in different spots at the moment in terms of success.
Led by Mark Petrosky and Matthew Roy, a 5-0 record this season has the Rams boys feeling confident.
As a senior, Roy believes that this year’s team has what it takes to get back into the state championship talk.
“To qualify as a team for the State Open is the biggest goal right now,” Roy said. “If not, we just want some individuals to qualify.”
With Petrosky coming into his own as a junior, the future is bright for the Rams even into next season.
“We got a young team,” Bristol Central head coach Tamara Stafford said. “We lose Matt Roy which will be tough but we’ve got a lot of sophomores and juniors backing it up.”
While the boys are off to a stellar start, the girls team is still looking to discover its identity.
Led by junior Alex Sirko, Bristol Central is a young team as shown by the three freshmen who finished after Sirko and senior Paige Hinton in Marisa Heller, Bella Crandall and Kristi Yurko.
The development of these three as they continue to grow this year and on is exciting for the Bristol Central program.
For the meantime, the Rams will continue to rely on Sirk and Hinton.
The two have gotten off to strong starts and will lead Bristol Central.
“I’ve been really confident lately,” Sirko said. “I feel like the girls are a little off ease about it [the start] but I feel like they’re going to get more confident as the season goes on.”
While both teams have different stories early on in the season, one thing is clear- both the Bristol Central boys and girls have much to look forward to.
“We’re [boys] looking to finish top four in Class L,” Stafford said. “For the girls we want to take home the Patriot Division of the [CCC] South which we should be able to do. But Bristol Eastern has gotten better so it’ll be a tough challenge for us.”
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