MOUNT VERNON — With a new cross country season, a new crop of leaders have come to the fore, while many familiar names, who are used to leadership, have expanded their roles on their teams.
For some runners, carrying the mantel of responsibility is just part of the job. It can weigh heavily when paired with lofty goals and expectations.
“I do have a lot on me,” said senior Isaac Potes of Fredericktown. “It’s my last year. I’m going to try to make the best out of every race and go for the gold. If I have to take a race off, it would be bad since it is my senior year but it’s the last three that really matter.”
Potes, who can be seen rallying the girls varsity and high-fiving the junior varsity teams when he, himself is not racing, understands his role as does fellow Freddies’ senior Sean Kennedy.
“It’s tough,” said Kennedy. “Just being a senior, first of all. Being one of the head guys, kind of being in charge and taking responsibility is something I’m not used to. It helps when you have a whole team behind you, supporting you.”