Lindbergh High boys’ cross country team has high expectations for 2009 campaign

Head coach Jim Petersen believes his Lindbergh High School boys' cross country team is poised to have another breakout season. Bill Milligan photo

Head coach Jim Petersen believes his Lindbergh High School boys’ cross country team is poised to have another breakout season. Bill Milligan photo

By STEPHEN GLOVER

The Lindbergh High School boys’ cross country team is poised to have another breakout season after taking 12th overall last season at the Missouri Class 4 Cross Country Championships.

The Flyers also won the Suburban West Conference as well as the Class 4, District 1 championship, which has head coach Jim Petersen optimistic about his team’s chances to do even better at state this season.

“We have pretty high expectations this year,” Petersen said. “We return nine of our top 10 from last year where we won our conference, our district and took 12th at state.”

Sophomore Blake Welch returns for the 2009 season after taking 24th overall with a time of 16:59 at state.

“Blake has tremendous ability and is a hard worker,” Petersen said. “He’s the most competitive guy that I’ve ever coached.”

Junior Taylor Kramer is another returning state qualifier who took 58th overall with a time of 17:43.

“Taylor ran at No. 3 for us last year and put in a lot of miles over the summer,” Petersen said. “He’s looked really good here in the preseason.”

Dustin Capehart is coming off a successful track and field season where the junior ran the 800 and the mile events. Last season, Capehart took 82nd overall with a time of 18:05.

“Dustin had a good track season running the 800 meters and the mile,” Petersen said. “He’s put in a lot of hard miles over this past summer.”

Juniors Danny and Matt Deposki were members of the Flyers’ squad that went to state as Danny Deposki placed 86th overall with a time of 18:13. Matt Deposki took 107th overall with a time of 19:12.

“Danny was our fourth, fifth or sixth runner last season and has put in a lot of miles this past summer,” Petersen said. “Matt’s also a very hard worker who put in a lot of hard miles this summer.”

Junior Alex Simpher as well as sophomores Bill Iverson, Dominic Tillman, Joey DiPaola, and Jacob Luciani are all runners who could be a part of the starting lineup.

Lindbergh Boys’ Cross Country

Sept. 1 Fleet Feet Kickoff A TBA

Sept. 10 Webster Invitational A 4 p.m.

Sept. 12 Forest Park Festival A TBA

Sept. 17 Parkway C. Invitational A 4 p.m.

Sept. 24 Fox Invitational A TBA

Sept. 25 Hancock Invitational A TBA

Oct. 3 Loyola Lake Shore Inv. A 8:30 a.m.

Oct. 8 Patriot Classic A 4 p.m.