The Beaver Dam High School Boys and Girls Cross Country team is off and running with their 2020 season. 1st year head coach PJ Senn tells DailyDodge.com that they got off to a great start this season as many of his athletes utilized the summer as best they could to stay in shape. Senn is really proud that his athletes put in the time they needed to this summer, despite not actually knowing if there would be a fall season. He says that besides being limited in the weight room, the kids were able to get a lot of work they needed to outside to improve their running.
Senn says that about 25 total runners are out for cross country and the squad returns a good mix of experience and youth. Leading the pack for BDHS is senior Gavin Czarnecki who finished in 15th at last year’s WIAA State Championships in Wisconsin Rapids. Senn says he’s also excited about a talented group of freshmen that are out for the sport this year.
Returning members of the Beaver Dam High School cross country team include; Gavin Czarnecki, Luke Eberle, Dakota Eggers, Warrick Gochenaur, Isaiah Gremminger, Zachary Johnson, Peter Kremsreiter, Eli Titus, Aaron Uhrich, Leah Burchardt, Kaisha Cheers, Corey Gundert, Emily Gutknecht, Hannah Hallman, Abbey Kasuboski, Aleiah Pillsbury, Rebecca Rydzewski, Ella Schweiger, Brooklyn Tonn, Angelique Vega.
This is Senn’s 1st year as the head cross country coach after spending last year as an assistant. He is also BDHS’s head track coach. He says coaching both sports allows for to training under one plan year round and also helps build a positive culture with his runners. Senn says his annual training plan crossing over between both programs allows for different themes throughout the year to help increase speed in races and better prepare to finish races well.
With coronavirus still out there, events won’t look like a normal event this fall. Currently they will only compete in dual events against another team rather than large multi-team invites. They are also looking at staggered starts for competitors to avoid packs of runners at the beginning of the race. Currently the WIAA still plans on holding postseason events including the state meet in Wisconsin Rapids.
Senn adds that they will work hard to follow all the safety mandates they are asked to do, so they can continue to compete and take part in the fall season. He says that his athletes realize that in order to have a season, compete, and show people how hard them have been working they need to follow protocols.
Click the link below to hear a complete interview with Beaver Dam Cross Country Coach PJ Senn
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