Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Opportunity knocks at Hawken

Hawken’s shortage of returning runners has provided an opportunity for the Hawks’ young runners.

With just one returning starter, first-year coach Jessica Lariccia is excited to find out what her boys can accomplish.

“We have a very young team this season,” Lariccia said. “Many of our runners have never run cross country before. However, due to our young team, there is so much room for growth and improvement.”

Success on the trail will follow hard work.

“The boys need to put in the mileage and work hard together as a team and stay positive,” Lariccia said. “I hope that this group of boys truly form a tight bond and support one another.”

Hawken’s lone returner is sophomore David Hamilton, who set his personal best time when it mattered most. He ran a 17:56 to finish 24th at the Division II regional meet.

“David is a true hard worker,” Lariccia said. “He has logged over 300 miles this summer and is eager and ready for the 2019 season. He has a great amount of potential to go far this season.”

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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