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Revere cross country team ready to move up to league contention

11/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

BATH — Revere High School boys cross country head coach Dave Parry said his team finished the season even better than he projected, which has set the program up for plenty of success over the next few years.

“Looking at the season before we started, I would have thought we would have been in seventh or eighth place and fighting for some good times,” he said. “But the guys really stepped up. We had a whole contingent of new kids come out, and here we are, finishing fifth in the league. During the next couple years, I think we’re going to be in the top two or three or win a Suburban League championship. We’re going to be right in the race.”

Parry said he was pleased with his team’s performance during the postseason.

“We performed well again at districts,” the coach said. “We were top 16 and made it out of regionals. We had a senior, Erik Godard, who took 17th and just missed it by like 0.2 second to make it out — it was that close. He had a tremendous race; he ran the best time he’s ever run at districts. He really stepped up, and I was proud of him for that effort.”

According to Parry, Godard was the team’s top runner all season.

“He was our No. 1 guy. He ran great races and was the rock of our team. He was consistent all the way through,” the coach said. “We counted on him to get the job done every time. He wasn’t a vocal leader — didn’t need to be — he just led by example, and he helped to keep our team together for what turned out to be really an outstanding year for us.”

One key element for Revere’s success this season, Parry said, was “all the summer running” put in by the team’s returning runners.

“I had three seniors this year, and all three of them ran varsity all year,” he said. “Erik Godard, Ryan Gross and Jordan Moul were my three seniors this year, and not only did they run hard all summer, but they were able to bring in the juniors, sophomores and freshmen to put together a heck of a summer training. So that was outstanding. These were seniors that just got the job done.”

Moul was the team’s No. 2 runner this year.

“Jordan is quite a competitor,” Parry stated. “He was always on Eric’s heels, which helped to make Erik better. Without Jordan, we wouldn’t have been able to finish where we did. It was great to have him on the team. He comes from a great family.”

Gross was able to come back from an injury to help the team out, the coach said.

“Last year, during our second or third week of training, Ryan was in an accident on the way to practice and broke his femur,” Parry said. “He missed all of the [2012] cross country season. He rehabbed and rehabbed all through this last summer, and he put in the work and did his best. It took him up until the end of this past season, over a year later, before he fully got that leg back underneath him. He put together a great, surprising season after an injury like that.”

Parry said the senior class has “laid the potential for a team that is going to be very competitive and successful moving forward.”

Among the runners who will look to lead the way next season, the coach said, are juniors Kyle MacInnis and Mike Miller, sophomore Nick Jones, and freshmen Joel Niemi and David DeLeon.

“I think we have a bright future, and I’m looking forward to it,” Parry said. “Next year, I want to be in that top three of the league. It just depends on how much work these guys do in the summer time. But I’d like to be in position next year to fight for the championship. We’re still young, and we might be a year away from that, but I think we have the guys who are dedicated enough to do it.”

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