Unfinished business is the theme for Olivet’s cross country teams this season.
“Last year’s fifth place finish by the girl’s at nationals and sixth place finish by the boys at nationals was definitely a success, but could we have done better? Yes,” Head coach Mike McDowell said. “That’s the reason the motto of our t-shirts read ‘unfinished business’”
McDowell defined the completion of the motto as bringing trophies home on both sides.
According to McDowell, men’s cross country has both depth and maturity without any giant weaknesses: a senior led team with several vying to make the national meet squad. Women’s cross country’s top returners—Sophomore Sarah Ray, who was 15th at the National meet last year, among them—are looking healthy and solid. The women’s team talent varies, however, and will have to learn how to work together.
Senior Ethan Galiger helped lead ONU to its sixth place finish at the NAIA National Championships, finishing fifth under 25:00 according to ONU marketing. This year, he is vying to win a national championship according to McDowell.
Helping McDowell take care of business this year, is new assistant coach Nicole Farr. This year will be Farr’s first year coaching at ONU, but will also be her fourth year coaching on the college level. McDowell has put Farr in charge of the core and lifting program, describing her as focused and knowledgeable in training.
“The team has a great deal of potential for the season,” Farr said. “They have really impressed me—from both the faith and talent perspective. They are driven in all of those aspects.”